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Michael Penn is a journalist and scholar based in Tokyo, Japan. As a journalist, he both writes print news articles and produces news videos. On the video side, he has several years of experience doing it all by himself: reporting the stories, shooting the video, and editing the packages. As a scholar, the bulk of his past publications have been about Japan's modern relations with the Islamic world.

Pachinko revenues running 75% pre-pandemic levels

Across Japan, pachinko parlor revenues are running at about 75 percent of the levels that they attained before the onset of the Covid pandemic.

Nagasaki IR bid gets top-level political patronage

Nagasaki’s IR licensing bid has now gained something that it never had before—a political patron at the very top of Japan’s government.

Second anti-casino candidate enters Yokohama mayoral race

A second candidate with an anti-casino policy platform has entered the Yokohama mayoral race, recently announced to be scheduled for August 22.

Merged firm to take over largest Japan-facing online gambling brand

The merger of US-based Bally’s Corporation and UK-based Gamesys Group will, among other things, bring new leadership to the largest online gambling brand in Japan, Vera & John.
Kyushu IR Promotion, japan

High-powered Kyushu IR Promotion Council launched

The stars of the regional political and business world came out on Monday to formally launch the Kyushu IR Promotion Council, aiming to win one of the three available licenses from the central government.

Pandemic clouds launch of Jeju Dream Tower Casino

Lotte Tour Development is celebrating what appears to be the initial success of its strategy in Jeju, but even with the local government checking off on the opening of the Jeju Dream Tower Casino, the Covid pandemic clouds its near-term prospects.
Tsukasa Akimoto, trial

Tsukasa Akimoto trial: envelopes of cash in a bag of sweets

The Japanese public’s image of IR development is sure to suffer as details emerge of the alleged bribery of former Senior Vice-Minister of the Cabinet Office Tsukasa Akimoto.

Japan casino regulator sets clear path forward

Fifteen months after its establishment, the Japan Casino Regulatory Commission (JCRC) has finally emerged into the public light with a webpage, a recruitment pamphlet, and a round of public announcements.

Okura Holdings expands in Nagasaki city

Hong Kong-listed pachinko firm Okura Holdings has announced that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has purchased a property in Nagasaki city for the purpose of expansion.
Osaka Mayor Matsui

Osaka remains stuck with a single bidder

The Osaka government announced on Tuesday that its effort to briefly reopen its RFP process to additional IR consortiums, did not result in any new takers.

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