For those of you just returning to your desks after the Easter break, it’s been a busy few days in terms of news in the Asian gaming industry, from a potential new mega project in Vietnam, to the latest on the impact of the Covid pandemic and more details about Japan’s casino regulation.
Japan's Casino Regulatory Commission has published its draft guidelines for the regulation of its integrated resort industry and has set May 9th as its date for public opinion.
The leading opposition party in Japan, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, published a list of its basic or fundamental policies this week, including a pledge to abolish casinos.
Oshidori International Development has announced the appointment of Moe Murakami to lead its local CSR efforts as the firm aims to win its bid to become Nagasaki’s IR partner against two rival bids.
Universal Entertainment has announced that it is moving forward with its investigation of how it might best gain a listing on the US stock exchange for its IR business. The company has been seeking a suitable special purpose acquisition company.
MGM Japan, hoping to build a major IR at Osaka’s Yumeshima island, is drawing attention to its recently concluded hospitality education program that it supported in partnership with Kansai Gaidai University.
Government spokesmen and ruling party executives in Japan refrained from making extensive comments about the start of the trial of former Senior Vice Minister Tsukasa Akimoto on charges of accepting bribes from 500 .com and witness tampering. LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai did tell the media that they were “quietly watching” the trial.