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First Wakayama RFI Briefing Attracts 49 Companies

The first of two briefings regarding the RFI process of Wakayama’s expected IR bid revealed strong interest from the business community as a total of 49 companies sent representatives to the event.

Tourism Trends Offer Good News for Regional IRs

There may only be one or two IRs established in the smaller, regional areas of Japan in the 2020s, but current trends in the tourism industry offer them an encouraging outlook.

Echizen IR Proposal in the Slow Lane

The Fukui Association of Corporate Executives has not received a proactive response from the governmental authorities about their IR proposal for Echizen city, made in March. “There’s not a feeling of active movement so much as just waiting,” says Seiwa Higashiyama, the secretary-general of the business association, to AGB Nippon.

Yokohama IR Bid Might Shift from Yamashita Pier to Minato Mirai

Yumiko Araki, head of the nine-member Japan Communist Party caucus within the Yokohama City Council, tells AGB Nippon in an exclusive interview that she believes Mayor Fumiko Hayashi intends to go forward with an IR bid, but attention may now be shifting from Yamashita Pier to Minato Mirai as the most likely location.

Wynn Resorts Poised to Ramp Up Japan Campaign

Among the major IR operators, Wynn Resorts has been somewhat quieter about its interest in Japan than most others, but Chris Gordon, president of Wynn Resorts Development, tells AGB Nippon in an exclusive interview that this will soon change.

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.

Miyagi Governor Slams Door on IR Bid

The final nail in the coffin for a potential IR bid at Iwanuma city appears to have been delivered with Miyagi Governor Yoshihiro Murai making explicit his negative view towards the notion.

Casino Debate Impacts Pachinko Industry Agenda

Leaders of Japan’s pachinko industry are recognizing that increased public attention to the casino debate is putting them on the firing line for gambling addiction issues.

Long Road for the Japan Casino School

Masayoshi Oiwane, head of the Japan Casino School, has been working for almost two decades to bring the IR industry to his nation, and now the graduates of his school are well-positioned to gain jobs on the casino floor.

Japan Racing Industries a US$47 Billion Market

Despite public anxieties over the establishment of IRs in the next decade, and what that might mean for issues such as gambling addiction, Japan already has a well-established series of racing industries with parimutuel betting that pulls in revenues of over US$47 billion.

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Wakayama IR Business Connect Seminar Fully Subscribed

The upcoming Wakayama IR Business-Connect Seminar has been fully subscribed, attracting over 200 companies from the Wakayama as well as greater Kansai Region.

Bloomberry Caught Up in Bangladesh Bank Heist Legal Case

Bloomberry Resorts said its gaming unit has been cited in a US civil case attempting to recover funds stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank.

Government Proposes Voluntary Measures to Combat Gambling Addiction

The central government is proposing new measures to combat the gambling addiction associated with pachinko, horse racing, bicycle racing, etc., but its unwillingness to make any of the new measures legally obligatory is expected to draw criticism from health professionals and other stakeholders.

Tokyo Adopts Revised Tsukiji Redevelopment Plan

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government decided on Friday to adopt the proposed plan for the redevelopment of the former Tsukiji fish market as an entertainment area hosting an international conference center. The initial proposals were revised, however, by emphasizing that “food culture” would be a major theme of the redevelopment.

Galaxy Entertainment Bringing Manchester City Football Club to Japan

Macau-based IR operator Galaxy Entertainment announced on Wednesday that they will sponsor the annual “EuroJapan Cup” for two consecutive years beginning this summer. Within this framework, English Premier League champions Manchester City Football Club will play the Yokohama F. Marinos at Yokohama’s Nissan Stadium on July 27.