Family Name: Tanioka
Given Name: Ichiro
Organization: Osaka University of Commerce
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: Grandson of Noboru Tanioka, the founder of Osaka University of Commerce, Tanioka currently serves as both a professor and the president of the institution, which he has helped make into Japan’s leading academic institution for gambling studies. He has published numerous studies about gambling and is one of the most visible academic commentators on the subject.
The ninth meeting of Osaka’s IR Promotion Conference was held on November 14, and it was agreed that the prospective Yumeshima IR should include an international conference center that can host more than 5000 people, which is nearly double the size of largest currently-existing conference center in the city and would be among the largest in Asia.
This year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) held at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas was once again a success. Organized by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions, the event features over 450 exhibitors and routinely draws over 20,000 visitors from more than 100 countries.
The June 18 earthquake in Osaka disrupted business throughout the Kansai region, also forcing the cancellation of the 8th meeting of the IR Promotion Conference, which was to be held that very evening. An official of the Osaka prefectural government tells AGB Nippon that a new date has not yet been selected, but it will likely be sometime in July.