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The building of an “Osaka Strip” involving three or more operators could potentially give Macau and Las Vegas a run for their money, says Steve Gallaway, managing partner of Global Market Advisors.

Affiliate and performance marketers are increasingly targeting Asian markets, with both local start-ups and established European firms chasing after a slice of the fast-growing online sector.

Affiliate and performance marketers are increasingly targeting Asian markets, with both local start-ups and established European firms chasing after a slice of the fast-growing online sector. With the European market increasingly favoring direct marketing or sponsorship, attention has turned to opportunities in Asia.



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Japan’s government is unlikely to table a bill to restrict horse racing or its pachinko industry in tandem with regulation to introduce casinos into the country, Union Gaming said in a note.

Japan’s future integrated resorts may be required to house non-gaming spaces such as conference and exhibition halls under a government proposal.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday officially kicked off the inaugural meeting of the government task force aimed at mapping out casino regulations in the country.

Slot machine supplier Konami Holdings Corp. says it will get involved in Japan’s gaming industry as long as the regulations are as strict as those in Las Vegas.

The Japanese government is considering imposing restrictions on existing gambling establishments, including pachinko parlors and race tracks in an effort to tackle addiction, Bloomberg reports.

Casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group has plans to partner with its associate in Monaco, Societe des Bains de Mer (SBM), to pursue casino resort development opportunities in Japan and other markets in Asia-Pacific.

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 legislation this Friday.

After a bitter final debate at the national level, the government finally passed a bill legalizing casinos. Now the discussion of the switches to the local level as regional administrations debate the pros and cons of hosting integrated resorts in their municipalities.

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