Japan

The Japanese government is considering allowing the sale of all lottery tickets types over the internet starting fiscal 2018.

Top executives of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito party have agreed that the IR Implementation Bill would be submitted during the course of this Diet session.

Tetsuro Toyoda, chairman of the Toyota Industries Corporation as well as the Chubu Economic Federation, says he does not support the concept of building an IR in the city of Tokoname.

Japanese slot machine manufacturer Universal Entertainment Corp says it has completed its third-party investigation into the alleged “fraudulent acts” conducted by gaming mogul Kazuo Okada between 2013 and 2015.

Tokoname city held its groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Aichi International Exhibition Center last Friday which it hopes may become the core of an IR on Chubu International Airport Island.

Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson has criticized Japan’s planned IR legislation and warned the bill in its current form will mean a lower level of investment from his company should it win a license.

On August 31, the prefectural and city governments of Osaka unveiled their “Interim Framework Plan” for constructing an IR at Yumeshima, a manmade island in Osaka Bay.

Since her impressive victory a month ago in a hard-fought reelection effort, eyes have been focused on Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi.

Caesars Entertainment has appointed Yusuke Watanabe as its inaugural vice president of Asia development and head of Japan business development, signaling their determination to pursue IR partnership opportunities while the nation still debates the overall legal framework.

The Japanese government is looking at ways to curb problem gambling by limiting online race betting, removing ATMs from some racing venues, and reducing the jackpot rewards for pachinko, local media reports.

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