Monday, October 26, 2020

Galaxy Deepens Monaco Ties with Grace Kelly Exhibit

Galaxy Entertainment, which is teaming with Monaco’s Societe des Bains de Mer for a casino license bid in Japan, is strengthening its cultural ties with the principality with an art and cultural collaboration on the life of Grace Kelly.

Anti-Casino Group Forms in Nagasaki

A citizens’ group opposing the bid for an IR at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo city, Nagasaki, held its inaugural meeting on Sunday with the participation of about eighty people.

Municipal Elections Approaching in Sasebo, Wakayama, and Tomakomai

On Sunday, the official campaign period began for the second round of the Unified Local Elections, which will include mayoral elections in Sasebo and city council races in the cities of Sasebo, Wakayama, and Tomakomai, where debate over local IR plans is expected to be the top political issue.

Lawrence Ho Steals the Show at Japan Gaming Congress

Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho came ready for action on the first day of the Japan Gaming Congress, announcing that his firm would dramatically raise the global standard of IR industry, and presenting a stunning array of visual demonstrations of his “City of the Future” concept for the Osaka Yumeshima site.

An Engine for Earnings: Rumors of Tokyo IR Licensing Bid Resurface

Despite Governor Yuriko Koike’s indication in January that she isn’t considering an IR bid for the former Tsukiji Fish Market site, numerous observers believe that such a bid is indeed quietly under consideration, either at Tsukiji or on Odaiba.

Yokohama Mayor Still Sounds Like an IR Bid Advocate

Since January 2017 Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has insisted that she is a “blank slate” on the issue an making an IR bid, but her actions and the logic of the few public statements that she makes continues to suggest that she remains the IR advocate that she had been up to the end of 2016.

Galaxy Brings Japanese Students to Macau for IR Education

Galaxy Entertainment has announced a new three-week program which will bring students from Toyo University, Kyoto Sangyo University, Fukuoka University, and Okura Nikko Hotel Management to Macau for training about the IR industry.

Tokyo Governor Keeps Options Open on IR Development

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike continues to send mixed signals on whether or not she intends to declare an IR bid for the Japanese capital, with observers on all sides trying to guess her intentions.

Japan’s MICE Industry Requires Right “Software” for Success

The Japanese government has made little secret that it sees the expansion of the MICE industry near the heart of its ambitions for the three IRs, but experts warn that it will take more than shiny new convention and exhibition centers to deliver success. Rather, it needs a social and educational transformation in Japan that has hardly begun.

Casino Legislation Remains Deeply Unpopular

Among Japanese lawmakers, dominated by conservative political parties, there is strong support for passage of the IR Implementation Bill in the current Diet session, but the latest poll by the Kyodo News agency shows that the legalization of casino gambling remains deeply unpopular with the public at large.

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Hokkaido Attracted Record Number of Tourists in FY2017

New figures show that Hokkaido attracted a record number of tourists in FY2017—56.1 million people—which was a 3% advance over the previous fiscal year.

Aichi Governor Omura Urged to Run for Reelection

A delegation of local mayors has asked Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura to run for reelection when his second term ends next February, a race that will have implications for the potential IR bids of both Tokoname city and Nagoya city.

City of Dreams Manila Opens VR Gaming Facility

Melco Resorts & Entertainment has opened Southeast Asia’s first Bandai Namco Virtual Reality gaming facility at its City of Dreams Manila IR in the Philippines.

Naruto City Wins Legal Case over Boat Race Payments

On Tuesday, the Naruto municipal authorities won a legal case that had been brought against them by local residents who were upset at payments made regarding boat race facilities to the nearby fishing cooperative.

Rush Street Japan Focuses on Tomakomai

In early October, Rush Street Gaming’s Japan branch was quietly established, with the Chicago-based firm currently looking at Tomakomai, Hokkaido, as the main direction for its IR license campaign.