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Takahashi confirms end of Hokkaido governorship

Harumi Takahashi has confirmed that she will be stepping down as governor of Hokkaido Prefecture next spring, a serious blow to prospects for a local IR bid.

Sands’ Goldstein meets Osaka Governor Matsui

A team of Las Vegas Sands senior executives led by President and COO Robert Goldstein became the first IR operators to hold a meeting with Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura since Osaka won its bid to host the 2025 World Expo.

Bloomberry sponsors Wakayama Santa Run

This past weekend, Bloomberry Resorts Japan was the sole “special sponsor” for the 1st Annual Wakayama Santa Run held outside Wakayama Castle, tightening its links with the community where its IR ambitions appear to be centered.

Japan eSports market grows exponentially

The eSports market in 2018 grew thirteen times larger in Japan compared to the previous year, reaching the JPY4.8 billion (about $43 million) level,...

Kuwana mayor cautiously examining possibility of IR bid

Kuwana Mayor Narutaka Ito made clear at his regular press conference on Tuesday that his administration has not outright rejected Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura’s...

New Osaka business leader another IR advocate

The Kansai Association of Corporate Executives has selected a new co-chairman, Hiroyuki Fukano, who immediately affirmed his support for Osaka’s 2025 World Expo as well as its IR bid at Yumeshima.

Sega Sammy aims for “top share” in Kanto region IR consortium

Sega Sammy Holdings President and COO Haruki Satomi said his firm was aiming for the “top share” in any IR consortium to be built in the Tokyo-Yokohama region.

Keihan’s vision of a Yumeshima-Kyoto train line draws nearer

Yoshifumi Kato, president and CEO of Keihan Holdings, who announced last year that it was “his greatest mission” to connect by railway the anticipated IR at Yumeshima, Osaka, with Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, is seeing his vision come nearer reality, according to a recent article in the Nihon Keizai Shinbun.

Paradise Co. Nov. sales drop 5 percent

Paradise Co. casino sales fell almost 5 percent in November as a gain in electronic gaming machine revenue failed to offset a drop in tables.

Osaka Mayor Yoshimura outlines Yumeshima infrastructure plans

Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura says that the newly developed Yumeshima will need not only rail links, but also high-speed ferry services and wider bridges in order to meet the traffic needs of the future, and that all of this should be completed by FY2024.

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