Opposition Forces Short Delay in IR Bill Passage

Opposition party leaders led by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan have continued to signal their fierce disapproval of the IR Implementation Bill, and they found a means to force a short delay in passage of the legislation through the House of Representatives.

Facial Recognition for Casino Worker Ban Not 100 Percent Accurate

The use of facial ID technology to identify off-duty casino workers would be “hardly 100 percent accurate,” says a gaming expert in Macau.

Analyst Says Foreign IR Operators May Wind Up as Minority Partners

Foreign casino operators may wind up as minority partners in Japan’s first IRs and not hold the majority that some had hoped for, said David Bonnet, managing partner at Delta State Holdings.

Kazuo Okada Arrested in Hong Kong on Fraud Charges

Japanese gaming mogul Kazuo Okada and an associate has been arrested by Hong Kong’s anti-corruption watchdog, according to a filing from Universal Entertainment Corporation.

Wakayama RFI Gains Feedback from 33 Companies

The Wakayama RFI process launched in June was concluded at the end of August. A total of 33 companies submitted plans before the deadline.

First Hokkaido IR Showcase to Open at End of November

Organizers have announced that the “First Hokkaido IR Showcase” will be held in Sapporo city on November 30 and December 1 of this year, including participation from all three mayors of the municipalities who are currently angling for the support of the prefectural government in making IR bids.

Four International IR Operators Opening Offices in Tomakomai

In addition to Clairvest and Hard Rock, both Rush Street Gaming and Mohegan are in the process of opening offices in Tomakomai city, Hokkaido, a report in the local newspaper, Tomakomai Minpo, has revealed.

US Casino Operators Will Continue to Rely on Asia Growth

At least three of four of the major US casino operators will continue to rely on Macau as their growth engine over the next five years, said Bernstein in a note. These companies include Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, and to some extent, MGM Resorts.

Genting Still Interested in Macau

Genting Berhad Chairman and CEO Lim Kok Thay said the operator would be interested in bidding for a license in Macau should the government open the market to further entrants during the concession renewal process, local media reports.

Geographical Proximity Not Factor in IR Licensing

Wakayama Prefecture has revealed that it continues to be told by the national authorities that its proximity to Osaka Yumeshima will not stand against it when it comes to the selection of the three municipalities to be granted IR licenses.

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City of Parañaque Grants Approval for New Landing IR

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Suncity Forms Japan Consortium, Eyes Local Gaming in Vietnam

Suncity Group, Macau’s leading junket operator, has formed a consortium in Japan to study a potential license bid there, executive director Andrew Ho said in an interview.

Lawrence Ho: Japan IR Revenues Unlikely to Reach Macau Levels

Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho does not expect that Japanese IRs will produce revenues on the scale of Macau, but he is nevertheless more than willing to build “a 10 billion USD plus resort” in either the Kansai or Kanto regions of the country.

Macau MICE Participation Rises in 2018Q1

Macau’s 2018Q1 MICE statistics showed the gaming hub hosted few events, but the larger exhibitions and conferences drove total participation up by 31.5 percent.

Goa Tax Authorities Demand Service Tax on License Fee

The intelligence arm of Goa’s tax department has served notices to ten casinos in Goa, demanding they pay a service tax on their license fees, local media reports.