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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’s IR licensing bid has now gained something that it never had before—a political patron at the very top of Japan’s government.
A second candidate with an anti-casino policy platform has entered the Yokohama mayoral race, recently announced to be scheduled for August 22.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.