Japan’s GCM Agrees US$500 Million Investment in Imperial Pacific

The Japanese firm GCM has agreed to invest US$500 million in the first phase of Imperial Pacific’s Integrated Resort on Saipan, the company says.

Promotional Video Released for Tomakomai IR Plans

The Tomakomai IR Promotion Council has released a three-minute video pitching the importance of building the “Hokkaido White IR” in their city.

Chiba RFI Gains Response from Nineteen Companies

A total of nineteen companies responded to Chiba city’s RFI on the possibility of launching an IR bid at the Makuhari location.

Pro-IR Incumbent Cruises to Victory in Wakayama Mayoral Race

Wakayama Mayor Masahiro Obana easily defeated his anti-casino challenger, Kumiko Shima, in Sunday’s election, boosting the chances for an IR bid at the municipality’s Marina City location.

Opposition Leader Ready for General Election to Stop IR Bill

Yukio Edano, leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the top opposition leader in the nation, stated at a party meeting last Thursday that he was prepared to submit a motion of “no confidence” against the Abe Cabinet and, if necessary, to fight a snap general election in order to prevent passage of the IR Implementation Bill.

Imperial Pacific Still Short of US Workers

Imperial Pacific International (IPI) needs to boost the percentage of US workers in its labor pool to 65 percent from 44 percent at present to meet the conditions of its casino license, local media reports.

Echizen IR Proposal in the Slow Lane

The Fukui Association of Corporate Executives has not received a proactive response from the governmental authorities about their IR proposal for Echizen city, made in March. “There’s not a feeling of active movement so much as just waiting,” says Seiwa Higashiyama, the secretary-general of the business association, to AGB Nippon.

Hokkaido Governor Looks for Support from Tomakomai

The Hokkaido gubernatorial race is already informally underway. Incumbent Harumi Takahashi spoke with leaders of Tomakomai’s business community last Friday about the city’s potential IR bid in connection with her own political future.

Marquee to Make Asia Debut in Marina Bay Sands

Nightclub brand Marquee will make its Asian debut at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore as part of a series of new initiatives designed to boost the resort as a nightlife destination.

Hokkaido IR Showcase Brings Together Operators and Local Community

The inaugural Hokkaido IR Showcase came to a close last Thursday, as seven IR operators and numerous other Japanese companies and associations exhibited at the first public IR event to be held in the prefecture.

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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.