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Kamakura City Council Rejects Anti-IR Resolution

On Friday, the Kamakura City Council rejected a draft resolution that would have denounced moves by neighboring governments to engage in IR bids. The draft resolution called for no IRs to be built in the entire Kanto region, with the main concern being the IR bid of neighboring Yokohama, also within the same Kanagawa Prefecture.

Hokkaido Governor Will Make IR Bid Decision Before End of Year

Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki, who has been taking a go-slow approach on his decision whether or not to pursue an IR bid for the Tomakomai location, has now clearly indicated for the first time that he will hand down his verdict by the end of this year, not early next year as had been anticipated by most observers.

Fukuoka Mayor Shoots Down IR Initiative as Sasebo Launches RFC Process

Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima has quickly responded to the Junior Chamber International Fukuoka’s proposal for an IR bid from his city. The answer was clear—“not at this time.”

Genting Remains the Silent Competitor

Genting Singapore has announced that it will be issuing yen-denominated bonds in Japan, even as it continues to maintain public silence about its IR licensing campaign in the country.

Junior Chamber International Urges Fukuoka City to Join IR Race

Junior Chamber International Fukuoka is making a strong push for Fukuoka city, the most populous municipality on the island of Kyushu, to join the IR race, and they will soon be formally petitioning the local government and business leaders to join this campaign.

Rush Street Japan Unveils Hokkaido Architectural Team

Rush Street Japan has unveiled its architectural team which it hopes will one day soon be designing and building an IR in Tomakomai, Hokkaido.

Wakayama Prefectural Assembly Declares Support for IR Bid

On Friday, the final day of its regular session, the Wakayama Prefectural Assembly declared its support for Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka’s initiative to seek an IR license for the Marina City location.

Japan Casino Academy Ties Up with Canadian Partner

Japan Casino Academy has made an agreement with Toronto-based Advantage United Recruitment Agency (AURA) to provide some of its students to receive hands-on casino training utilizing the Canadian working holiday system.

Hokkaido Government Seeks Public Views on IR Development

The Hokkaido Prefectural Government has announced that it will be holding explanation meetings with the general public in five locations to both talk about its research on the issue of IR development, as well as to seek public views about the matter.

World Poker Tour Sees Bright Future for Japan Table Games

Hundreds of eager players gathered in a luxurious Tokyo hotel this month to participate in a three-day tournament hosted by the World Poker Tour, signaling the potential for a bright future for table games within the Japanese market.

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Anti-Casino Mayoral Candidate Emerges in Wakayama

The issue of Wakayama’s IR bid will be a leading point of contention in the city’s July 29 mayoral election after a decidedly anti-casino challenger, Kumiko Shima, announced her candidacy.

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Sports Betting

The US Supreme Court has struck down a federal law against sports betting, paving the way for states to introduce legislation and opening a multi-billion dollar market.

Star Entertainment VIP Revenue Surges

Star Entertainment Group said its international VIP rebate business has continued to show strong growth into the second quarter, with turnover jumping almost 64 percent year to date.

Judicial Scriveners’ Association Calls for Scrapping IR Bill

The Japan Federation of Shiho-Shoshi Lawyer's Associations, the leading group for the nation’s judicial scriveners who specialize in legal registration procedures, issued a statement on June 5 calling for the IR Implementation Bill to be scrapped.

Opposition Makes Last Ditch Appeal against IR Bill

Five House of Representatives lawmakers from five separate opposition parties held a press conference within the Diet Building on June 12 in a last ditch attempt to prevent the passage of the IR Implementation Bill through the Lower House.