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Bandai Namco inches closer to the casino gaming market

Video game developer Bandai Namco appears to be inching closer toward a deeper involvement the casino gaming machine market, co-developing a video bingo machine and establishing a new unit dedicated to the development of pachinko and pachislot machines.

Tomakomai City Council’s pro-IR forces strengthen

In the wake of the elections last Sunday, the political forces within the Tomakomai City Council that support Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura and the city’s IR bid have strengthened their hand.

Fujiki to establish Yokohama anti-casino organization

Yokohama Harbor Transport Association Chairman Yukio Fujiki is stepping up his efforts to head off an IR bid in his city by establishing a new anti-casino called the “Yokohama Harbor Resort Association.”

Hard Rock Tomakomai office opens

Hard Rock Japan’s Tomakomai office has now opened—shortly after the election of Governor Naomichi Suzuki and a conservative prefectural assembly has kept the city’s IR hopes very much alive.

Osaka launches RFC process and provides IR development timeline

New Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura has wasted little time in launching his prefecture’s RFC process and has provided an anticipated timeline for the development of the Yumeshima IR.

Suncity ups stake in Summit Ascent to almost 28 percent

Suncity Group Holdings has bought a further 24.68 percent stake in Summit Ascent Holdings for HK$717.8 million ($91.5 million) as it seeks to build an “integrated tourism-related platform.”

Sasebo mayor cruises to easy reelection win

Sasebo Mayor Norio Tomonaga cruised to an easy electoral win over his single opponent, gathering 78.2 percent of the vote, and thus ensuring continuity in the city’s plan to make an IR bid at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park.

MGM to hold three-week IR exhibition in central Osaka

MGM Resorts Japan has announced that it will be holding an exhibition in central Osaka for approximately three weeks on the theme of “What’s an IR?”

Sega video games inspire new line of video slot machines

Sega Sammy Creation has announced that it will soon unveil a new series of video slot machines that draw their inspiration from internationally-known Sega video games.

Political stars align for Hokkaido IR development

As the dust settles from the two rounds of the Unified Local Elections, the results that have emerged represent the best-case scenario for IR...

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