As part of his Golden Week travels abroad Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii visited two IRs in Macau for research purposes on May 3. Specifically, he was given tours of Melco’s City of Dreams and Wynn Palace in the Cotai Strip.
At the end of April, Osaka police announced that they had arrested a woman on charges of assisting Shinichi Igawa—the South Korean national of unknown occupation whom police have identified as the shooter of two other men at an illegal internet casino in Osaka—to evade arrest.
Sega Sammy Holdings President and COO Haruki Satomi revealed at a briefing on April 26 that his company was budgeting up to JPY3 billion...
If at the beginning of this year one were to sketch out the dream scenario for IR development in Japan, the actual results of April’s Unified Local Elections would greatly resemble that picture, with pro-IR politicians and parties winning almost every battle, and usually winning big.
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.
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.”