Japan

Hard Rock International unfurled its banner in the Japan IR race with a major concert by Grammy award winning alternative rock band Muse and a press conference.

In an interview with a Japanese newspaper, Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice-president of public policy and corporate responsibility at Caesars Entertainment, revealed that her company has transmitted to the Osaka prefectural and city governments a basic plan for an IR at Yumeshima island.

Hajime Satomi, president of Sega Sammy Holdings, told a meeting last Monday that his company aimed for a “main position” in a Japan IR consortium. He added that they would produce an “IR Grand Design” before the end of this year.

Japan has the opportunity to pioneer new methods to tackle problem gambling and set a standard for the rest of Asia, as it draws up legislation to govern integrated resorts.

Japan has the opportunity to pioneer new methods to tackle problem gambling and set a standard for the rest of Asia, as it draws up legislation to govern integrated resorts.



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Yoshifumi Kato, CEO and COO of Keihan Holdings, said on Tuesday that it was “his greatest mission” to connect Yumeshima with Kyoto by railway.

It was all systems go in Japan at the beginning of 2017, with global operators and cities stepping up their efforts to snare an IR license after a bill legalizing casinos was finally pushed through parliament in the final hours of the last session of the prior year.

The Osaka-based Japan Innovation Party (Nippon Ishin) has demanded that the ruling party move forward immediately with gambling addiction legislation.

No decision appears to have yet been made about the timing for the submission of the Abe government’s IR Implementation Bill to the National Diet.

Caesars Entertainment on Wednesday announced that it has appointed William Shen as managing director and representative officer of Caesars Entertainment Japan.

James Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, says the company anticipates an investment of about JPY1 trillion (US$9 billion) should it win its bid to build an IR at Osaka’s Yumeshima site.

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