Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly Might Block IR Bid

Although widely considered one of the most likely prefectures to win an IR bid, a survey conducted by the Hokkaido Shinbun reveals that the Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly might, in fact, block the establishment of an IR within its jurisdiction, potentially bringing to naught the bids of Tomakomai city and Rusutsu village.

Bloomberry Sponsors Wakayama Santa Run

This past weekend, Bloomberry Resorts Japan was the sole “special sponsor” for the 1st Annual Wakayama Santa Run held outside Wakayama Castle, tightening its links with the community where its IR ambitions appear to be centered.

Melco, SJM Improve Maternity/Paternity Benefits

Melco Resorts & Entertainment and SJM Holdings have improved maternity and paternity leave benefits for employees.

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.

Three Airports Part of MGM’s “Osaka Only” IR Bid

Resorts and Orix Corporation clarified that all three regional airports—Kansai International Airport, Itami Airport, and Kobe Airport—will be associated with their consortium’s bid to build an IR at Osaka Yumeshima.

Kansai Airports Planning Additional US$910 Million Investment Ahead of 2025

Yoshiyuki Yamaya, president of Kansai Airports, has revealed in interviews with the Japanese media that his firm is planning an additional 1 billion yen (about US$910 million) in investment to prepare Kansai International Airport for the 2025 World Expo and the anticipated opening of an IR at Yumeshima.

72 Companies Attend Tokoname RFI Briefings

A total of 72 companies sent representatives to the pair of RFI briefings held by the Aichi prefectural government last week, which is related to the development of the island hosting the Chubu Centrair International Airport in Tokoname city.

Nagasaki’s Huis Ten Bosch to Gain Chinese Partner

Huis Ten Bosch President Hideo Sawada has announced that His Sasebo-based, Dutch-themed park will be welcoming a Chinese partner, the Fosun Group, as a major investor—a move that would likely have ramifications for shape of an IR consortium in Nagasaki, should that location be selected for one of the three available licenses.

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.

Diet Session Extended Until July 22

Anticipating a tough fight ahead with the opposition parties over the IR Implementation Bill, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party opted for a 32-day extension of the Ordinary Diet Session to July 22.

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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.