While IR initiatives in the rest of Japan stumble from crisis to crisis, the Nagasaki Prefectural Government continues to gather regional support and to launch new initiatives preparing the ground for IR development.
A consortium of public institutions is being formed in Nagasaki Prefecture to support the education of young people who may eventually work at the prospective IR at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park or in related industries such as hotel and MICE.
Bobby Soper, the newly appointed international president at Mohegan Sun, talks to Asia Gaming Brief about the group’s vision for its resort in Incheon, South Korea and aspirations for a license in Nagasaki, Japan. He says the group’s entertainment-focused, non-gaming model will help to cushion Mohegan from the notorious volatility in South Korea’s foreigner-only casino market.
The Nagasaki Prefectural Government continues to impress as being the only local government in Japan’s IR race that gives a clear impression that they know what they are doing.
Japan’s IR process appears to move forward in fits and starts, but there were two noteworthy events to emerge at the end of the week that advance the slow process towards the country's first casinos.
Nagasaki authorities have announced that it has narrowed the field of bidders for a license down to three, choosing Casinos Austria, Oshidori Group and NIKI Chau Fwu.
The One Kyushu consortium has announced that Kohei Uchimura, Olympic gymnast and local hero, will be its brand ambassador for its Nagasaki IR bid.
The Nagasaki Prefectural Government continues to distinguish itself as having the best managed bid in Japan’s IR development race, giving them a strong chance to become a licensed municipality.
The Nagasaki Prefectural Government has confirmed that five consortiums are in the race to become their partners in a licensing bid. The five have been named as Casinos Austria Japan, Current Group, Niki Chau Fwu (Parkview), One Kyushu (TTL Resorts), and the Oshidori consortium.
On deadline day for documents in Nagasaki’s RFP process, Mohegan Resorts and Entertainment has emerged as a partner for Hong Kong-listed Oshidori Holdings in what is shaping up to be Japan’s most hotly contested IR race.