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National government to delay IR regulations until next year

The Abe government is pulling back from the planned July 1 establishment of the Casino Management Board and the issuance of more specific IR bidding regulations out of concern that Japanese public opinion remains hostile to the legalization of casino gambling.

Cabinet approves first round of regulatory details

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposals for IR regulation that had been outlined by the Headquarters for Promoting Development of...

Hopes for early IR bill passage fade

Hopes that the IR Implementation Bill will be passed before the June 20 end of the Ordinary Diet Session are quickly fading as the...

IR implementation bill delayed again

The IR implementation bill won’t be submitted to the legislature this month, as had been planned, throwing doubt over the timetable for the bill. The...

Japan mulls casino entry fee, 30 percent tax rate

Japan is considering imposing an entry fee to casinos of Y2000 ($18.6) and imposing a tax rate of 30 percent on operators’ revenue, according...

Gambling anti-addiction legislation submitted to Diet

In something of a surprise move, the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito party jointly submitted their gambling anti-addiction legislation...

Japan’s gambling addiction bill falls short

Japan’s Ordinary Diet Session is set to close at the end of this month with no significant legislative progress on preparing for IRs after...

Japan to launch IR promotion office on Friday

Japan’s government will launch the headquarters of the cabinet office branch that will be responsible for the bill setting out details for its casino...

Japan enacts casino bill, MGM to step up prep work

Japan has finally passed a bill setting the framework for legal casinos in what is expected to become Asia’s second-biggest gaming market after Macau. After...

Japan casino bill set for enactment after clearing Upper House

Japan’s casino bill now looks certain to pass into law after an upper house committee approved the bill, despite opposition from anti-gambling factions. On Tuesday,...
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...
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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.