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Governor Koike Accused of Deceiving Public on Tokyo IR Development Plans

In the summer of 2017, Fumiko Hayashi won reelection as mayor of Yokohama claiming to be a “blank slate” but in reality favoring IR...

The Partial Retirement of the “Don of Yokohama”

The “Don of Yokohama” has made a big move, but it may take some weeks or months to determine exactly what it signifies. Yukio Fujiki...

Recall Campaign Against Yokohama Mayor Could Be Formidable

All of the candidate locations seeking IR development are facing local citizen protests of one sort or another, but the one that really deserves attention is the recall campaign against Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi.

Nagasaki Gains a Step on Wakayama

In recent weeks, Nagasaki may have gained a step on Wakayama, which is likely its main rival to secure an IR license.

Looking Ahead to Local Elections

The enduring unpopularity of IR developments among the Japanese public, as well as the much weaker position of the Shinzo Abe government in comparison...

Sands’ Withdrawal a Massive Vote of “No Confidence” in Japanese Policymakers

In an earnings conference call in April 2019, just over a year ago, Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Goldstein declared,...

Wakayama Illustrates Need for IR Bid Delay

The word came down this week, and the news was neither expected nor was it positive—only one prospective IR operator, the Suncity Group, filed...

Covid-19 Accelerates Decline of the Pachinko Industry

Oftentimes what periods of great crisis do is less to create entirely new trends, but rather to accelerate history, to speed along existing trends much faster than the leisurely evolution that might otherwise have occurred.

Denial as Japan’s IR Development Strategy

Whatever hand wringing may be taking place in private, the Shinzo Abe government’s IR strategy remains one of publicly pretending that all is well, that the ship is still on course, and its full speed ahead.

Covid-19 Lockdowns a Watershed Moment for Internet Gambling

A gradual shift from brick & mortar facilities to desktop and mobile devices has already been underway in recent decades, but one likely consequence of the Covid-19 lockdowns—in Japan and across the world—is that the older generations, who have been reluctant to embrace digitization, are now being forced to do so, and this is true of the Asian gambling industry as well.

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Corporal Dismissed from Self-Defense Forces over Illegal Gambling

A corporal has been dismissed from the Ground Self-Defense Forces and six others punished for visiting an illegal internet casino in Nagoya city.

Twelve Firms Submit Yokohama IR Information

A dozen companies submitted plans and information to the Yokohama municipal government before the RFI deadline last Friday. Among these, eight were international IR operators, two were domestic property developers, and two were other kinds of Japanese firms.

Another Illegal Casino Busted in Yokohama’s Naka Ward

On Wednesday morning, police raided an illegal casino in Yokohama’s Naka Ward, the second such high-profile bust since July.

Tomakomai Holds IR Lectures for Local Residents

The municipal government of Tomakomai city is in the midst of offering a series of lectures to local residents for the purpose of building support for the IR construction plan. There are a total of seventeen such lectures, each held in a different location in the city.

Moody’s Puts Mohegan on Review for Credit Rating Downgrade

Moody's Investors Service has put the credit rating of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, which is now mulling an IR bid in Tomakomai city and perhaps elsewhere, on review for a downgrade.