On Thursday, the Wakayama Prefectural Government announced that it had selected the auditing firm EY to conduct its RFI process with IR operators. No other consulting firm had bid for the contract.
The contract runs to the last business day of March 2019 and will be paid 25 million yen (about US$225,000).
Meanwhile, the Wakayama Prefectural Government also conducted a second public seminar on Saturday featuring Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka. Several hundred people made up the audience.
Governor Nisaka repeated his new stance that local Japanese would be able to enter a prospective casino at Marina City, and that the national and local policies to combat gambling addiction and other social problems would be sufficiently strict to deal with these issues.
Fumiya Shinohara, a political pundit who served last year on the central government’s Experts’ Committee, gave the keynote address at the event. Touching on the issue of public acceptance of the opening of domestic casinos, he stated, “Although it would be difficult to gain understanding from all of our citizens, if at least 60 percent agreed to proceed, that would be fine, I believe.”
Among the other panelists was Mitsuaki Kiriyama, the Japan representative for Philippines-based Bloomberry Resorts. (AGB Nippon)