Japan

In spite of setting up a project team last July to coordinate its intra-party policy, it is apparent that opinions within the ruling coalition Komeito party remain divided, even as the submission of the IR Implementation Bill likely draws near.

Slot machine supplier Konami Holdings Corp. reported a 4.9 percent decline in revenue from its Gaming & Systems division for the first nine months of FY18.

Operators and local prefectures were busy in 2017 laying the groundwork to pitch for IR licenses ahead of the enabling legislation. Heading into 2018, here is the current state of play.

Akira Nagatsuma, the deputy leader and policy chief of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan took the Abe government to task on its advocacy of casino legalization during Monday’s debate within the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives.

The Aichi prefectural committee in charge of studying the possibility for an IR license at Chubu Airport Island was given a tour of the potential site on Tuesday.

The Osaka city government announced that it had sold four lots of land on Sakishima—an island facing across a narrow channel to the anticipated site of the Yumeshima IR—to Ark Real Estate, a local developer.

In a bid to boost sales, Japanese authorities will be allowing the sale of lottery tickets over the internet starting in October.

Dynam Japan Holdings, an operator of Pachinko halls in Japan, reported a slight decline in total revenue for the nine-months ended December 31, 2017.

Groupe Barrière is a top-level IR operator in France and Switzerland, and has a presence in Africa as well, but they are now reaching much further afield into the anticipated Japanese IR market.

Hideaki Omura, the governor of Aichi Prefecture, is now expected to clarify his position by the end of March on whether or not to support an IR bid for the city of Tokoname.

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