Family Name: Mihara
Given Name: Toru
Organization: Osaka University of Commerce
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: Having joined Mitsui & Company in 1973, Mihara ultimately became recognized as Japan’s top academic expert on the gaming industry. He served on the eight-person Experts’ Committee as the IR legislation and other policies were shaped.
The selection of Ado Machida to front Hard Rock’s effort to win an IR license in Japan highlights a trend that was already clearly visible—some US operators are attempting to leverage in a not-too-subtle fashion the military and security links between Washington and Tokyo.
Mainichi Shinbun broke the story on Friday that a PwC consultant working for the Osaka government on the development of IR policies was seen eating and drinking aboard MGM Resort’s Tenjin Festival boat last week, allegedly raising questions about his troubling degree of fraternization with one of the operators expected to bid for an IR license at the Yumeshima site.