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Hokkaido governor again rejects first round Tomakomai IR

Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki met directly with Tomakomai Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura to reiterate that the prefecture will not be applying for an IR license in the national first round of applications ending in April 2022.

Tomakomai IR optimists continue to see glass half full

Hope springs eternal in the minds of Tomakomai IR advocates. The answer delivered from the lips of Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki keeps coming back “no,” but what seems to be delivered to their ears is “maybe soon.”

Tomakomai IR optimists see hopes dashed again

Hope springs eternal in the minds of Tomakomai IR advocates. The answer delivered from the lips of Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki keeps coming back “no,” but what seems to be delivered to their ears is “maybe soon.”

Hokkaido governor again turns down Tomakomai IR initiative

Tomakomai city’s hopes of reentering the Japan IR race have been dashed again as Governor Naomichi Suzuki made clear at a press conference that his earlier rejection of participating in the first round of licensing still stands.

Tomakomai city renews efforts to push Hokkaido governor on IR bid

Tomakomai Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura is stepping up his pressure on Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki to get behind the city’s desire to bid for an IR license. Iwakura has reiterated that the nine month delay in the national timeline should make a bid feasible.

Tomakomai mayor presses Hokkaido to rejoin IR race

Tomakomai Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura has again pressed the Hokkaido prefectural authorities led by Governor Naomichi Suzuki to rejoin the IR race in the current cycle, arguing that the nine-month delay in the national licensing timeline provides adequate opportunity to resolve environmental and other concerns.

Tomakomai proponents continue IR push

If an IR is one day built in Tomakomai city, it will certainly be due to the dogged persistence of its municipal government, which has put forward yet another set of proposals to sweeten the pot and to encourage Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki to change his mind and authorize an IR licensing bid.

Tomakomai city ready to assume financial burden for IR infrastructure

Tomakomai city, which is still trying to gain Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki’s support to make an IR bid, has indicated that the city is willing in principle to bear the maintenance cost of roads, water, and sewage facilities.

Japan election results cement MGM/Orix IR license chances

The outcome of the Japan national elections is positive news for the country's IR industry and in particular for the changes of the MGM Resorts/Orix consortium in Osaka after surprise gains by the Ishin To Party.

Politics continue to obscure Japan IR outlook

Like a delinquent child who refuses to follow the rule book, going astray is more the norm than exception for the passage of casino gaming in Japan.

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