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Anti-casino councilman declares candidacy for Yokohama mayor

The first person to declare their candidacy for the post of Yokohama mayor is the opposition city councilman Masataka Ota. As he declared his candidacy, he announced that ending the city’s IR bid would be his top priority that he would carry out on Day 1 of his tenure.

Yokohama mayoral recall movement ends far short of threshold

The effort to force a recall vote on Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has ended in failure, with the anti-casino activists collecting only about 70,000 resident signatures when 490,000 were needed.

Yokohama anti-casino activists gather twice needed signatures for referendum

Anti-casino activists in Yokohama have flexed their political muscle by gathering more than 150,000 resident signatures within two months. This was more than twice the threshold that they needed to trigger a referendum.

Yokohama anti-casino signature drives preparing to launch

The two major citizen group efforts to head off IR development plans in Yokohama are preparing to launch their signature drives, keeping the political...

Yokohama anti-casino groups suspend signature drive over Covid-19

The confrontation between the Yokohama municipal government and anti-casino citizen groups extended yet further over the approach to the state of emergency declaration and...

The seven trials for Japanese IR legislation

Japan has seen numerous twists and turns in its bid to establish an integrated resort industry, though perhaps one of the most unwelcome was the arrest of a deputy minister at the centre of a money-for-favours scandal surrounding IR development plans for Okinawa and Hokkaido.

Yokohama casino opponents launch information website

Opponents of Yokohama’s bid for an IR license have launched a website to provide public information and to coordinate actions between various anti-casino groups.

Yokohama IR budget passed amidst protests

With hundreds of anti-casino protesters chanting outside the building, Yokohama’s revised budget for IR development was passed with the support of the conservative majority...

Anti-casino rallies in Yokohama and Osaka

Saturday the 14th witnessed two separate rallies by opponents of casino legalization, one in Yokohama and the other in Osaka. The larger of the two...

Anti-casino group forms in Nagasaki

A citizens’ group opposing the bid for an IR at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo city, Nagasaki, held its inaugural meeting...
Life After Pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Dossier

This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.

Australian market report: How to adapt to the new normal

Covid-19 forced the rapid and unexpected closure of venues across Australia, changing the operating environment with unprecedented speed and leaving managers scrambling to adapt...
life after pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia’s online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.
AGB Webinar Attracting Players, Not Fraudsters

Attracting players, not fraudsters

With sports betting restarting we are now seeing traffic levels return to pre-COVID levels. The same is unfortunately true for fraudulent activities as operators tempt players, both new and existing, with lucrative bonuses and attractive game offerings.
asia gaming briefings Dec 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Dec 2020 Edition

Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.
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Asia Gaming Briefings – Nov 2020 Edition

While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.
asia gaming briefings OCT 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Oct 2020 Edition

Before the Covid-19 crisis, tourism in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region was at a record high, on track to welcome 80 million visitors in 2019, generating some $90 billion in revenue.