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Michael Penn is a journalist and scholar based in Tokyo, Japan. As a journalist, he both writes print news articles and produces news videos. On the video side, he has several years of experience doing it all by himself: reporting the stories, shooting the video, and editing the packages. As a scholar, the bulk of his past publications have been about Japan's modern relations with the Islamic world.

Educational poker room opens in central Tokyo

A professional poker player and YouTuber has opened what they call an “amusement poker” outlet in central Tokyo to spread the popularity of the card game in Japan.

Ruling party may be jettisoning Yokohama IR plan

In an unexpected move, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party appears headed toward backing a candidate for Yokohama mayor who will campaign on a platform of opposing the current Yokohama IR development plans.
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Russia tightens grip on online gambling

The Russian authorities are continuing their campaign to tighten their grip on online gambling, including a new law which will facilitate a crackdown on payment services.

Opposition Yokohama mayoral candidate emerges

The person who appears headed to become the united opposition candidate in the August 22 Yokohama mayoral election has finally stepped forward. Takeharu Yamanaka, 48, is a professor at Yokohama City University who specializes in public health and medical statistics. Recently he has been working on anti-Covid countermeasures.

Alleged illegal casino poses as casino school for IRs

Tokyo police have busted a business operation they say was an illegal casino which operated under a front as a casino school for players in Japan’s future IRs.

Nagasaki anti-casino group wants IR documents disclosed

A citizen’s group in Nagasaki is unhappy about the prefecture government’s IR document disclosure policy, calling for more transparency in the operator selection process.

Jeju Dream Tower Casino opens for business

The long-awaited Jeju Dream Tower Casino opens its doors today, and although it is only one of eight licensed foreigner-only casinos on the island, it is only the second large casino

Opposition forces yet to decide on Yokohama mayoral candidate

With just two months remaining before the formal campaign period begins in the Yokohama mayoral race, opposition forces are still struggling to find a promising candidate that they can rally behind.

Wakayama IR as center of Japanese eSports

While announcing key members of its consortium on Monday, Clairvest Neem Ventures also let it be known that it aims for its Wakayama IR to become Japan’s leading hub for esports.

Akimoto granted bail in IR bribery case

Over the strong objections of prosecutors, the Tokyo District Court granted bail to former Senior Vice-Minister of the Cabinet Office Tsukasa Akimoto in the 500 .com IR bribery case.

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