Japan

Among Japan’s smaller, regional governments, Tomakomai city in Hokkaido maintains a distinct lead over their peers in terms of the degree to which their engagement with IR operators and other related businesses has advanced.

MGM Resorts appears to be in the lead among international IR operators in terms of building its infrastructure within Japan.

More tourists are picking Osaka as their Japan holiday destination, with visitors arriving via Kansai airport outstripping those to Narita airport near Tokyo.

More than two hundred businesspeople on Wednesday came to Osaka to learn more about its prospects.

Melco is building its base in Japan even as some other international operators are hesitating in advance of the October 22 general election.

Signs are emerging that pro-IR forces in Wakayama Prefecture are now backing off their previous notion that casino entry might be limited to foreigners.

Las Vegas Sands signaled its seriousness about the Japanese market this week by holding large-scale, star-studded events in Tokyo and Osaka on Wednesday and Thursday.

Localization is fast becoming a key battleground for online operators looking to expand across fast-growing Asian markets.

 

Localization is fast becoming a key battleground for online operators looking to expand across fast-growing Asian markets. While online gaming is still a long way from reaching maturity in Asia, consumers in the region’s grey markets are becoming more discerning and less likely to accept an English-only dot com website. Market leader bet365 now offers its website in 18 different languages, while SBOBET supports a range of Asian languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Indonesia, Burmese and Vietnamese.

 



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Around 3.6 percent of the Japanese population have suffered from gambling addiction, according to a government survey released on Friday.

Nagasaki Governor Hodo Nakamura revealed that the RFI process with IR operators would be conducted before the end of this year.

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