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Caesars Revs Up Japan IR Campaign

As Caesars Entertainment president and CEO Mark Frissora tours Japan this week, company executives are meeting with local officials and the media, as well as announcing a whole host of new developments that clearly puts Caesars among the front rank of international IR operators seeking a license in Japan.

Casino Management Board Comes into Focus

The structure of the Casino Management Board to be established under the IR Implementation Bill is coming into focus, as the government is revealing to lawmakers its basic plans.

Casino Proposals May Hit Investment Levels, Operators Warn

Government proposals presented to the ruling party this week relating to tax rates, entry fees, and casino floor space restrictions have drawn wildly different reviews from the business community and Japanese political parties.

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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.