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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.

Niki Chyau Fwu fills out its Nagasaki consortium proposal

The Niki Chyau Fwu (Parkview) Group, one of the three finalists seeking to become the IR operator partner of Nagasaki Prefecture, has become the first operator to reveal most of its potential consortium.

MGM-Orix consortium proposes US$9.1 billion IR for Osaka

In what is widely regarded as positive news by local observers, it has emerged that the MGM-Orix consortium is proposing a JPY1 trillion (US$9.1 billion) investment level for its Osaka Yumeshima IR.

Hayashi announces candidacy as Yokohama’s pro-IR hope

Fumiko Hayashi has announced her intention to run for a fourth term as mayor of Yokohama, and on her candidacy rides the fate of Yokohama’s IR bid.

Osaka IR looks lonely after local firms eschew contracts

At one point the most anticipated IR development, these are now lonely days for the Osaka Yumeshima IR, whose buzz has become nearly inaudible, following a dramatic shift in local business attitudes.

Japan IR Implementation Act effectuation next week

The Suga Cabinet decided on Tuesday that the July 2018 IR Implementation Act will become legally effectuated as of July 19, next Monday.

CNMI senators push to end casino license exclusivity

In light of the "bleak future" facing the Imperial Pacific International project on Saipan, two minority bloc senators are pushing for a second casino license on the island in the event that IPI’s exclusive casino license is revoked by the Commonwealth Casino Commission.

Singapore may update laws to allow in-person social gambling

Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is proposing legal amendments that would explicitly allow social gambling in the city-state,...

Casino proposed for Van Phong Economic Zone

The Khanh Hoa Provincial People's Committee in Vietnam has proposed to build a high-class entertainment tourism center with a casino in the Van Phong Economic Zone, not far from Cam Ranh Bay.

Niki Chyau Fwu adds partners to Nagasaki consortium

The Niki Chyau Fwu (Parkview) Group, one of the three finalists seeking to become the IR operator partner of Nagasaki Prefecture, has unveiled three major partners in its development consortium, all of them, Japanese construction companies.

Yokohama anti-casino movement fumbles the ball

Imagine this scenario for the August 22 mayoral elections in Yokohama: Exit polls show voters most of all concerned about IR development, and they are opposed to it by a more than 2-to-1 margin—and yet the winner of the election is pro-IR incumbent Fumiko Hayashi.

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