Nagasaki Gains a Step on Wakayama

In recent weeks, Nagasaki may have gained a step on Wakayama, which is likely its main rival to secure an IR license.

Looking Ahead to Local Elections

The enduring unpopularity of IR developments among the Japanese public, as well as the much weaker position of the Shinzo Abe government in comparison...

Sands’ Withdrawal a Massive Vote of “No Confidence” in Japanese Policymakers

In an earnings conference call in April 2019, just over a year ago, Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Goldstein declared,...

Wakayama Illustrates Need for IR Bid Delay

The word came down this week, and the news was neither expected nor was it positive—only one prospective IR operator, the Suncity Group, filed...

Denial as Japan’s IR Development Strategy

Whatever hand wringing may be taking place in private, the Shinzo Abe government’s IR strategy remains one of publicly pretending that all is well, that the ship is still on course, and its full speed ahead.

Coronavirus, Tokyo Olympics Threat May Unravel IR Plans

This culminating situation in Japan is shaping up to be a perfect storm to foil Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s going-away party.

The Kabuki of the Japan Integrated Resorts Race

The long and winding Japanese Integrated Resort story resembles a daytime soap opera. At the rate the plot has been plodding along, It won’t be a surprise if it gives NBC’s Days of Our Lives a run for the money in terms of longevity.

Would Japan’s IR Policy Survive the Fall of Shinzo Abe?

Since the passage of the IR Implementation Act in July 2018, the question of whether or not the nation would really move forward with its IR development policy seemed to be definitely settled in the affirmative. However, a series of rather unlikely events in recent months may have reopened the possibility—even if a somewhat remote one—that Japan’s entire pro-IR policy could yet entirely collapse.

“Synergy” is the Keyword for Wakayama’s IR Bid

For many observers, Wakayama Prefecture’s bid to gain one of the three available IR licenses has looked like a long-shot, most of all because of the geography that places it so near the anticipated Osaka Yumeshima development.

Osaka May Be Ripe for an IR Rethink

At many points in the IR development process it seemed that Osaka’s leaders were running the most masterful campaign to gain one of the three available licenses, but it may now be time for Mayor Ichiro Matsui and Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura to step back, take a breath, and look at the situation with fresh eyes.

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Wakayama Seminar Draws In the Business Community

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.

Carl Icahn Gains Three Seats on Caesars’ Board of Directors

Caesars Entertainment agreed last week to allow investor Carl Icahn to appoint three directors to its company board, indicating that a substantial change of policy direction is in the offing as Mark Frissora steps down at the end of April.

Analysts Less Optimistic Than Operators About Japan

Investment analysts are far less optimistic about the prospects for the casino market in Japan than the operators who are pushing hard for a license, warning that returns and gross gambling revenue may fall far short of high expectations.

Hokkaido Gambling Addiction Council Holds Nation’s First Meeting

The Hokkaido Gambling Addiction Countermeasure Promotion Council held its first meeting last Thursday at the prefectural government office, with topics such as the procedures for status checks on gambling addiction in the prefecture discussed among council leaders.

Problem Gambling Hotline Receives 503 Calls in February

In the month of February, the Recovery Support Network (RSN), a pachinko addiction helpline headed by Naoyuki Nishimura, received a total of 503 calls to its hotline, 41 cases more than in the previous month.