Get Nice Holdings focuses on money lending and property development. They are best known as the part owners of Macau’s Grand Waldo Complex in the 2006-2013 period. In 2017, they became involved in property development in London as well as their interests in the Hong Kong region.
Get Nice Holdings went public with their interest in the Japan IR market in January 2019 when they established a joint venture with a Japanese firm with the aim of building an IR at Makinohara city in Shizuoka Prefecture. Later, they began to show interest in the Sasebo location.
The Nagasaki Prefectural Government, which claims to be in discussions with about twenty companies interested in forming or joining an IR consortium, is reportedly aiming to choose its IR consortium partners by the autumn of 2020, possibly quicker than any other local government in Japan.
The most remarkable aspect of the Kyushu-Nagasaki IR Business Connect Seminar held last week was that it revealed that there are a number potential IR operator bidders that were previously not known to be in the race for a regional Japanese IR.
Speaking before the Nagasaki Prefectural Assembly last Friday, Nagasaki Governor Hodo Nakamura reaffirmed his support for the Sasebo IR bid and urged the national government not to delay too much in issuing its IR regulations and establishing the national regulatory framework.
Makinohara Mayor Kikuo Sugimoto announced at his regular press conference last Thursday that he supports the IR bid that has been proposed by local businessmen in his community, thus confirming that this small municipality in Shizuoka Prefecture is also in the IR licensing race.
Operating below the media radar, there are indications that an IR bid may soon emerge from Makinohara city in Shizuoka Prefecture, a coastal community with a population of just over 44,000 people.