Japan

Hopes that the IR Implementation Bill will be passed before the June 20 end of the Ordinary Diet Session are quickly fading as the administration of Prime Minister Shinzu Abe is prioritizing its controversial labor policy bill and other matters, including the stalled gambling anti-addiction bill.

Universal Entertainment said it has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. against its former Aruze Gaming America unit and former Chairman Kazuo Okada for alleged patent violations.

The increased clarity regarding the terms of IR regulation in Japan following the ruling coalition compromises is also throwing light on which institutions are now advantaged and which are disadvantaged in the race for licenses.

 

The increased clarity regarding the terms of IR regulation in Japan following the ruling coalition compromises is also throwing light on which institutions are now advantaged and which are disadvantaged in the race for licenses. Seth Sulkin, head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s task force on IRs, describes the outcome to Asia Gaming Brief as “a major victory for the major casino operators and large Japanese cities.”

 



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Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito have agreed on casino entry fees of JPY6,000 (US$57), which are set to come into effect come mid-2020, as the shape of casino legislation becomes clear.

AGB reached out to Caesars Entertainment about how the operator was planning to allocate funds to responsible gaming initiatives in Japan.

The ruling coalition Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito party agreed on Friday on a flat 30 percent tax rate and to a limitation setting the casino floor size at 3 percent of the resort, which was largely along the lines preferred by the pro-IR lawmakers. A further report on Saturday suggested that they had also agreed on authorizing a total of three local governments for hosting IRs.

The Federation of Consumer Goods Industries & Consumer Associations, known as “Seidanren” in Japanese, issued a statement on Monday opposing the legalization of casinos.

Japan’s two ruling coalition parties have accepted the government’s recommendation for casino entry limits that would restrict Japan residents to a maximum of three casino entries per week as well as ten per month.

On Monday, the Aichi prefectural experts’ committee concluded its deliberations and formally recommended to Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura to invite bids to construct an IR on Chubu Airport Island in Tokoname city.

The Fukui Association of Corporate Executives unveiled on Friday its proposal to build an IR in Echizen city, Fukui Prefecture, which is a region of Japan that had previously not been considered for such a development.

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