Friday, January 18, 2019

Japan

Hard Rock sponsors snow sculpture for Hokkaido festival

Hard Rock Japan has announced that it has sponsored a snow sculpture for the famous Sapporo Snow Festival to be held next February, demonstrating its clear focus on Hokkaido for an IR bid.

Obayashi expands Yumeshima development team

The Obayashi Corporation continues to be among the most proactive of the major construction companies hoping for a major role in the development of Osaka Yumeshima.

Shintaro Ishihara: No need for casino in Tokyo

Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, the man who launched the casino legalization movement in Japan almost twenty years ago with his Tokyo waterfront casino concept, no longer believes that Japan’s capital city needs such a development.

Yumeshima likely to require Osaka police reorganization

In their current state, Osaka police are woefully underprepared for hosting the 2025 World Expo and an IR on the island of Yumeshima, and a significant police reorganization may be needed, the Sankei Shinbun has pointed out.

Universal Entertainment slashes 2018 results forecast

Universal Entertainment has released a revised business results forecast for the calendar year 2018 which is sharply lower than what it had projected in May.

India reiterates gambling should be banned

India’s Union Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, reiterated to the upper house of parliament that the Law Commission of India has recommended a complete ban on gambling.

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,...

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