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Japanese tourism company Kamori Kanko and developer Niseko Alpine Developments has announced a partnership to redevelop its flagship property in Hokkaido into an integrated resort.

Executives of the two ruling coalition parties have firmed up their decision to delay consideration of the forthcoming “Basic Bill on Gambling Addiction Countermeasures” until the Ordinary Diet Session next year.

Japan needs to adopt problem gambling measures that are both scientifically proven and evidence-based, said a panel at the Macao Gaming Show on Thursday.

Caesars Entertainment has become the first IR operator to publish concept images for a regional Japanese IR—in this case the Tomakomai site on the northern island of Hokkaido.

With its relatively well-developed in-country infrastructure compared to most other international IR operators, MGM Resorts is accelerating its engagement with Japan’s domestic business community in a series of presentations and other events.

For example, Jason Hyland, representative officer and president of MGM Resorts Japan, spoke on Monday at a seminar hosted by the Real Estate Economic Institute in central Tokyo.

Nagasaki Prefectural Government Planning & Development section chief Matsuyama Satoshi says the government is planning to conduct its Request for Information (RFI) process in December.

Matsuyama made the comments to Asia Gaming Brief in an interview during the MGS Entertainment Show on Tuesday. Matsuyama added that the government is planning to select the winning IR proposal in 2019.

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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