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22, Jan, 2018

Japanese tourism company Kamori Kanko has added considerably more financial muscle to its bid to bring an IR to Hokkaido with the announcement of a US$1.5 billion investment agreement with Chinese lottery service provider 500.com.

19, Jan, 2018

At a symposium held on Monday, the Wakayama prefectural and city governments made their first substantial attempt to explain directly to the local public their advocacy for the creation of an IR at the Marina City site.

18, Jan, 2018

A former casino cashier at the Yokosuka Naval Base has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing nearly $100,000 from the Yokosuka casino in 2015.

18, Jan, 2018

Melco Resorts & Entertainment Japan invited journalists and others to its offices in Tokyo to show off its new “MelGuard” system, which promises to provide secure entry to Melco casinos utilizing biometric technology.

17, Jan, 2018

Hard Rock International is attempting to boost its attraction to the forthcoming Japanese IR market by drawing attention to its recently launched “Rock Om” program.

16, Jan, 2018

Despite initial claims that "all the works" on a gambling zone in Russia-annexed Crimea would be completed in 2017, there appears to be further foot dragging in the beginning of 2018.

15, Jan, 2018

Nagasaki Governor Hodo Nakamura faces an electoral challenge from a candidate affiliated with the Japan Communist Party as he seeks a third term.

12, Jan, 2018

In a piecemeal fashion, Japan is beginning to strengthen its anti-addiction infrastructure in anticipation of the opening of its first IRs in the next decade. The latest step is the establishment of the Hyogo Kobe Addiction Countermeasures Center, which will include a hotline for telephone consultation.

11, Jan, 2018

Asia’s ever-growing number of IRs are seeking to add non-gaming attractions to diversify their tourism base and provide a unique draw, but the jury is out as to whether combining casinos with theme parks can provide a winning combination.

The properties are incorporating spas, retail, conference facilities and fine dining as a way of driving mass market visitation to decrease the reliance on junkets, boost the length of stay and spending per capita. A growing number of resorts in the region are also planning theme park offerings.  

11, Jan, 2018

TransAct Technologies said it has teamed up with AIGC Co., a new consulting agency focused on the potential casino gaming market in Japan, to promote its products.

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