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Miyazaki Drops Out of IR Race

Miyazaki Governor Shunji Kono has concluded that there is no point in his sparsely-populated prefecture attempting to join the IR hunt.

Abe Government Shaken By Scandal

While it still seems highly likely that the IR Implementation Bill will be passed in the current Diet session, the possibility that scandal could suddenly bring down the Abe government can no longer be entirely discounted.

Casino Legislation Remains Deeply Unpopular

Among Japanese lawmakers, dominated by conservative political parties, there is strong support for passage of the IR Implementation Bill in the current Diet session, but the latest poll by the Kyodo News agency shows that the legalization of casino gambling remains deeply unpopular with the public at large.

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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China Uses Social Credit to Block Travel

China is reportedly preventing millions of its citizens from traveling if they have a low score under its newly introduced social credit system, according to news reports.

eSports Market Grows Exponentially

The eSports market in 2018 grew thirteen times larger in Japan compared to the previous year, reaching the 4.8 billion yen (about US$43 million) level, according to an estimate by gaming industry publisher Gzbrain.

Tokyo Plans Major eSports Event in FY2019

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has announced that 50 million yen (about US$460,000) in public funds is being budgeted in FY2019 for a major two-day eSports event in Tokyo. Both the venue and the date of the event remains to be decided.

Bust of Illegal Online Casino Disguised as Internet Cafe

On the 13th, Tokyo police raided an illegal online casino shop named “Hose” in the Minami-Koiwa district, arresting the manager, Daisuke Kashiwagi, 39, and seven other people.

Nagoya Mayor Still Searching for IR Location

Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura told a press conference on Monday that he was still searching for a candidate location for an IR. His criteria was that it should be within thirty minutes travel time of Nagoya Station and must possess a minimum of five hectares of land.