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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.

IR Policy Delay Now Close to Inevitable

Putting aside the question of whether or not Japan’s IR development will eventually proceed along the current policy lines or not, developments in the past weeks have made it increasing difficult to believe that the timeline will be maintained as currently planned.

Coronavirus, Tokyo Olympics Threat May Unravel IR Plans

This culminating situation in Japan is shaping up to be a perfect storm to foil Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s going-away party.

The Kabuki of the Japan Integrated Resorts Race

The long and winding Japanese Integrated Resort story resembles a daytime soap opera. At the rate the plot has been plodding along, It won’t be a surprise if it gives NBC’s Days of Our Lives a run for the money in terms of longevity.

Would Japan’s IR Policy Survive the Fall of Shinzo Abe?

Since the passage of the IR Implementation Act in July 2018, the question of whether or not the nation would really move forward with its IR development policy seemed to be definitely settled in the affirmative. However, a series of rather unlikely events in recent months may have reopened the possibility—even if a somewhat remote one—that Japan’s entire pro-IR policy could yet entirely collapse.

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City of Parañaque Grants Approval for New Landing IR

Landing International Development Ltd. has announced it has been granted approval from the city council for a new integrated resort in the City of Parañaque, Philippines.

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.