Fitch Ratings has conducted a tour of Japan and offered a “special report” revising some of its previous estimates about the prospects for the Japan IR market, but it also raised a warning flag over the implications of the IR license renewal system.
Sega Sammy Creation has announced the installation of its first slot titles in Macau, and says it is optimistic about the future of its slot games in the Asian market.
Melco Resorts & Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it would focus its IR campaign on Yokohama and that it was suspending its participation in bidding for the Osaka Yumeshima location.
A committee of the Yokohama City Council wasted little time in approving an amended budget including expenses for IR development, angering the opposition which denounced the move as contrary to the democratic spirit.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike continues to send mixed signals on whether or not she intends to declare an IR bid for the Japanese capital, with observers on all sides trying to guess her intentions.
New public opinion polls clearly indicate that most of the Japanese public remains opposed to casino legalization in the country, and the fact that conservative politicians have pushed pro-IR policies through at the national level has not changed the negative opinions of most ordinary people.