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    500.com

    In China, 500.com holds the largest online sports lottery market share in terms of purchase amount of sports lottery products. It was also among the first companies to provide online lottery services in China, and it is the only government approved private online lottery service provider. 500.com acts as an aggregator and processor of lottery purchase orders from its registered user accounts to sports lottery administration centers, and offers a comprehensive and integrated suite of online lottery services, information, user tools and virtual community venues to their users.

    Abe, Shinzo

    A life-long politician from a family of politicians, Abe was groomed to be prime minister from a young age. He achieved this ambition briefly in 2006-2007, and then much more successfully since December 2012. Abe is a rightwing conservative and an advocate for the construction of IRs in Japan.

    Adelson, Sheldon

    Arguably the most powerful individual in the gaming industry, Adelson is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, largely credited with having developed the highly successful model of IR development based on MICE facilities. He is also a multi-billionaire who donates large sums of money to political campaigns in the United States and elsewhere.

    Allen, James

    In charge of the gaming operations of the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2001, Allen played a key role in the tribe's purchase of Hard Rock International in 2007. He has played the leadership role since that time.

    Biamonti, Jean-Luc

    Starting his career in banking, Biamonti joined Société des Bains de Mer as a Director in 1985 and rose to the position of Chairman a decade later. He became Chairman and CEO in 2013.

    Bloomberry Resorts Corporation

    Bloomberry Resorts have made several statements of interest in expanding into the Japan IR market, but to date it is not clear that it has taken concrete action in that direction.

    Bluhm, Neil

    Starting his career as a lawyer, Bluhm rose to become a self-made billionaire through the real estate industry. He later entered gaming, becoming a leading operator and developer in North America. He and his family are heavily involved in philanthropy. He is a donor to the US Democratic Party and a noted art collector.

    Bowers, Ed

    Bowers is MGM Resorts International's executive vice-president of global development and also has been CEO of MGM Resorts Japan since its establishment in 2014.

    Caesars Entertainment Corporation

    Caesars Entertainment is aggressively bidding to enter the Japan IR market, looking at investments in both major urban markets as well as regional opportunities. Compared to many other major US operators, Caesars has only a minor presence in Asia and they seem to view Japan as their best chance to quickly catch up.

    Cheng, Daniel

    Cheng joined Hard Rock in late 2014 after a long stint working for the Genting Group in Singapore and Malaysia. He is playing a key role, working closely with Edward Tracy, in Hard Rock's efforts to gain an IR license in Japan.

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    Ho, Daisy

    Daughter of SJM Holdings founder Stanley Ho, who for decades held the monopoly of casino gambling in Macau, Daisy Ho was appointed to lead the company in June 2018 upon the retirement of her father. She is also the sister of Melco Resorts & Entertainment head Lawrence Ho.

    SJM Holdings

    SJM has expressed interest in the Japanese market and has given presentations, but it remains unclear if they intend to take active measures to bid for an IR license.

    Galaxy Entertainment

    Galaxy was founded in 1988 by Lui Che-Woo and is one of Asia’s leading developers and operators of integrated entertainment and resort facilities, as well as a member of the Hang Seng Index. It was awarded a concession to operate casinos in Macau in 2002 and entered the market in 2004 with the opening of the first of four City Club Casinos, the Casino Waldo. The company now owns the five-star StarWorld Hotel and Casino on Macau Peninsula, opened in 2006, and opened the first phase of its Galaxy Macau integrated resort on Cotai in May 2011. Four years later, Galaxy opened the doors of the greatly expanded Galaxy Macau resort and the Broadway Macau.

    Imperial Pacific International

    Starting out in the food business under the name First Natural Foods, this Hong Kong-based company began shifting to the gaming industry in 2013, changing its name to Imperial Pacific International the following year. In 2014, it gained a 25-year license to build and operate a casino on Saipan.

    Melco Resorts & Entertainment

    Melco is a developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment casino resort facilities in Asia. Melco Resorts & Entertainment’s Japan branch was substantially developed in 2017 and maintains a large office in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo. Lawrence Ho has spoken repeatedly about his affinity with the culture of Japan and his willingness to spend “whatever it takes” to obtain an IR license in a major urban market.