Thursday, July 2, 2020

Japan

Investor interests left behind in Japan IR race: Mihara

The interests of investors in Japanese IRs have largely been left behind, spelling potential problems for the future of IR development in the country,...

Matsui admits Osaka IR may not open until 2028

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui announced at a Thursday press conference that an extra six months would be necessary for IR operators to submit all...

Nagasaki gains a step on Wakayama

In recent weeks, Nagasaki may have gained a step on Wakayama, which is likely its main rival to secure an IR license.

Nagasaki engages with IR operators on RFP process

The IR Promotion Division of the Nagasaki Prefectural Government has launched a series of explanatory meetings for IR operators considering applications for the local...

Wakayama delays operator selection until January 2021

The Wakayama Prefectural Government announced on Monday that it is delaying its schedule for selection of an operator partner from the autumn of 2020...

Betfair pulls Japan racing after JRA pressure

Betfair Australia said it was pulling the ability to allow bets on Japanese horse racing after pressure from the country’s racing body.

Tokyo gubernatorial candidate targets IR development

Kenji Utsunomiya, a former chairman of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, has decided to make anti-casino policies one his key election pledges. Utsunomiya, 73,...

Nagasaki reconsolidates IR bid support from Kyushu governors

Nagasaki’s bid to win one of the three available IR licenses was boosted last week by a demonstration that they had reconsolidated support from...

Japan lifts state of emergency in remaining prefectures

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has put an end to the country’s state of emergency, lifting the order for Tokyo and its surrounding areas...
Hiromu Kurakawa, courtesy Kyodo

Tokyo prosecutor quits in mahjong scandal

Hiromu Kurokawa, the head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office has resigned after admitting he had ignored social distancing rules to play mahjong for cash with reporters, Kyodo News reports.

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