Company: Groupe Barrière
Family Name: Strock
Given Name: Jonathan
Role: Director of Casino Development
Profile: By the time he rose to his current position as Barrière’s director of casino development at the end of 2013, Strock possessed a couple of decades of experience in the gaming industry in positions such as the general manager of the Casino de Carry le Rouet and as Barrière’s slot machines manager for over forty casinos.
Suncity Group Executive Director John Au Chung On made clear at a symposium on Monday that his company was planning to make an IR bid in Japan, and that Wakayama was a location that they are focusing on.
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.
Groupe Lucien Barrière staked its claim in Wakayama on Tuesday with three major moves: opening their only Japanese office in that city, bringing their official brand ambassador Jean Reno for a tour, and meeting with Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka.
The Wakayama IR Business Connect Seminar was held on the late afternoon of the 19th and was successful in drawing interest from a large cross-section of the local business community, as well as domestic and international media.
Within the next month or so, Groupe Barrière will legally establish its Japanese branch as a concrete step toward bidding for an IR license.
Elaborating upon their concept of building a “European-style” IR within Japan, representatives of Groupe Barrière told AGB Nippon in an exclusive interview that an important element of their idea is that any development plans produced by the company would be “tailor-made” for the specific location under consideration.
Japan’s proposed anti-addiction measures are viewed as generally “well-balanced,” though a lowering of the casino entry fee should be considered, said experts at the Japan Gaming Congress on Friday.