Japan

From August 17 to August 29, nine public hearings regarding the forthcoming IR Implementation Bill will be held around the country.

As both cities and operators jostle for position in their efforts to host Japan’s first casinos, some may be underestimating one key factor. The single-biggest political obstacle faced by local governments and international operators as they select possible locations for Japanese IRs is the intense public fear about potential negative effects from gambling addiction.

On Tuesday, the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives issued a public appeal regarding the concepts that they hope will guide the development of the prospective IR to be established at Yumeshima in Osaka.

MGM Resorts has announced the appointment of former Charge d'Affaires, United States Embassy Tokyo, Jason P. Hyland as the representative officer and president of MGM Resorts Japan.

A new poll from Jiji Press underlines once again that very little has been done to convince the general public to accept casino gambling.

On August 1, the Experts’ Committee formally handed over its report to the government. This 130-page Japanese-language document is expected to form the basis of the forthcoming IR Implementation Bill. Among other things, it outlines a bidding process which some industry sources have described as being unique in their experience.

The World Poker Tour has teamed with the Japan Poker Union Corp to hold a special four-day event in Tokyo in November, its first tournament in Japan.

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has made clear that he firmly opposes the establishment of an IR within his island prefecture, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping powerful economic and political forces from seeking to overturn that verdict and to bring a casino to Okinawa nonetheless.

On Wednesday the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s project team on IRs officially received the 130-page report of the Experts Committee advising the government on the terms of the IR Implementation Bill.

The Japanese government is set to hold public hearings across the country this month to explain the policies to address problem gambling and concerns about money laundering.

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