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New Zealand Updates National Strategy to Tackle Gambling Harm

The New Zealand government has promised NZ$60 million (about US$40 million) in funding over the next three years aimed at tackling problem gambling, particularly in vulnerable communities.

SkyCity Opens Doors to Gambling Help Services

SkyCity Casino Auckland has become the first casino in New Zealand to open its doors to gambling help services in order to assist problem gamblers, local media reports.

New Zealand Stops Pokies for an Hour

Pokies in New Zealand are set to ‘pause’ for one hour during Gambling Harm Awareness Week, held from September 3-9, 2018.

New Zealand Trial Facial Recognition Technology

About fifteen gaming venues across New Zealand are trying out facial recognition technology, with a further six to install the system in the next few weeks, local media reports.

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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.