Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi continues her appeal to local residents to support IR development, arguing that it is a “powerful means” to secure needed tax revenues for social costs and more.
Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura has indicated that his government will not make a final decision on its operator consortium partner until autumn 2021. At present, only the MGM-Orix consortium is an accepted bidder.
It has been reported that the local governments of Osaka plan to conduct a review of the IR development schedule and selection of their consortium partner in January.
The committee established by the Yokohama municipal government to select its IR consortium partner has elected the famous former Finance Ministry bureaucrat Eisuke Sakakibara (also known as “Mr. Yen”) and its chairman, and has opted to close its deliberations to the public.
The Yokohama municipal government has indicated that it will establish a new panel tentatively named the "Concern Countermeasures Study Group” to look into issues such as gambling addiction and special security problems that might attend the opening of an IR in the city.
The Wakayama city government and Nankai Electric Railway Co. have agreed to launch a joint survey on a Bus Rapid Transit system that could carry large numbers of visitors between Wakayama Station and Marina City, the prospective site for an IR.
Imperial Pacific International's project director Jing Zhou has outlined a construction timetable for the resort, providing it has enough workers, saying Phase 2 of the hotel tower will be finished by the end of next year, while VIP gaming and the sky level should be finished by April 2022.
Understanding that the decisions on how IRs will be taxed in Japan is not an issue that can be left hanging, the senior ruling party politician Akira Amari has stated that these policies will be fixed before IR operators have been selected by the local governments. He later clarified that the policy would be decided next month.
The Nagasaki Prefectural Government has published a revised timeline for IR development, including the launch of its RFP process in January.
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi held the first meeting of the Yokohama Innovation IR Council with Kanagawa Governor Yuji Kuroiwa and others to discuss the implementation policies needed for IR development.