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Suncity Group Enters the Japan IR Market

Macau-based Suncity Group, mainly known as a giant in the junket industry, has signaled its interest in joining the Japan IR race by deploying an executive director to speak at a symposium in Wakayama in late August.

Chiba City Launches RFI Process

Chiba City has launched an RFI process with an eye to a possible IR bid next to the current Makuhari Messe convention center.

US Tribal Casinos Hold Lessons for the Japanese Government

Japanese regulators should not fail to study the experience of tribal casinos in the United States, asserted Deron Marquez, former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, in a recent interview with AGB Nippon.

MGM Again Co-Sponsors Osaka Tenjin Festival

MGM Resorts Japan will be a co-sponsor for Osaka’s major Tenjin Festival for a second consecutive year, including the dedication of fireworks for the festival’s finale.

Composition of Wakayama IR Experts Committee Clarified

The Wakayama Prefectural Government has scheduled August 6 as the date for the first meeting of its IR Experts Committee and has revealed the eight members of the panel.

Pachinko Player Base in 2018 Reaches 9.5 Million

According to the Leisure Report 2019 released by the Japan Productivity Center on July 18, the scale of leisure market was estimated at 71.9 trillion yen (approximately US$658 billion), a figure that has increased by a mere 0.1% year on year.

Tokyo and Philippine Courts Reject Okada’s Appeals

Courts in Japan and the Philippines have rejected legal appeals from billionaire Kazuo Okada, who is seeking to regain control over his former gaming empire.

Hokkaido Leaders Grapple over IR Policy

The summer has brought with it some political heat in Japan’s northernmost prefecture as local government leaders struggle to determine whether or not Tomakomai city will be allowed to make an IR bid.

Yokohama Chamber of Commerce Presses Mayor to Launch IR Bid

The Yokohama Chamber of Commerce & Industry has publicly urged Mayor Fumiko Hayashi to come off the fence and to quickly make a decision in favor of launching an IR bid.

New Chitose Airport Takeoff and Landing Slots Boosted by 20%

Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii has announced that the number of takeoff and landing slots at Hokkaido’s New Chitose Airport will be increased by 20%, effective next spring.

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Philippines Casino Gaming Revenue Up 22.9% in 2018

Philippines casinos posted 187.5 billion pisos (about US$3.6 billion) in casino GGR in 2018, increasing 22.9 percent year-on-year, according to the latest data from the Philippines gaming regulator.

Sheldon Adelson Battling Cancer

It has been revealed that Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson is undergoing treatment for a form of blood cancer, throwing a dark shadow across his casino empire, including in Asia.

Iwate Racing Resumes With Steroids Mystery Unsolved

Despite five cases of steroids detection in its racehorses last year, and the source of the scandal still unrevealed, the Iwate Prefectural Horse Racing Association (Iwate Keiba) opened its new season this weekend.

Scott Winzeler Appointed Chairman and CEO of Sega Sammy Creation USA

Scott Winzeler has been appointed chairman of Sega Sammy Creation USA, the wholly-owned Las Vegas-based subsidiary of the Japanese gaming machine company Sega Sammy Creation.

Hokkaido Tourism Chief Supports IR Development and a Tourist Tax

Hokkaido Tourism Organization Chairman Yoshihiro Sekihachi made clear in recent statements to the Nihon Keizai Shinbun that he supports two specific measures to stimulate the growth of tourism: the development of an IR within the prefecture and instituting a special tourist tax.