Thursday, April 15, 2021

Japan

Nagasaki governor prepares local business community for IR development

Nagasaki Governor Hodo Nakamura spoke at the Sasebo Future Creation Forum, appealing for local companies in the content industry, such as video and music production, to step up their game in anticipation of IR development in the city.

Blackstone buys Japanese hotels, including near Osaka Yumeshima

Blackstone, now bidding for ownership of Crown Resorts, has announced a binding agreement to buy eight hotels in Japan from Kintetsu Group Holdings, including one very close to Yumeshima in Osaka, expected to become host to its own major IR.
Tsukasa-Akimoto, casino bribery trial

Tsukasa Akimoto casino bribery trial gets underway

Today begins the trial of former Senior Vice Minister of the Cabinet Office Tsukasa Akimoto on charges of receiving bribes from agents of 500 .com and attempting to induce witnesses to perjure themselves.
Japan Amusement Machine Association

Japan Amusement Machine Association

The Japan Amusement Machine Association (JAMMA) and the All Japan Amusement Facility Operators Association (AOU) merged on April 1, 2018, and are an industry...
Pachinko, Japan

Pachinko machine ads returning to Japanese TV after a decade

Beginning on April 1, viewers of Japanese commercial television stations may see something that hasn’t appeared in over a decade--advertisements of the pachinko machine industry.
Nagasaki, IR

Nagasaki plugs IR policy hole

The Nagasaki Prefectural Government continues to impress as being the only local government in Japan’s IR race that gives a clear impression that they know what they are doing.

Yokohama passes annual IR development budget

The Yokohama City Council has approved its annual budget for IR development expenses at a plenary session, backed by the conservative ruling parties and opposed by opposition parties.

Bobby Soper to lead Mohegan’s Korea and Japan campaigns

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has announced that Bobby Soper has been appointed to the new role of International President, a role in which he will oversee all aspects of the firm’s efforts related to both the Inspire Korea Project in South Korea and the joint bid for an integrated resort license in Nagasaki with Oshidori International.

Kintetsu close to abandoning rail link extension to Yumeshima

Kintetsu Group Holdings is reportedly close to abandoning its earlier plans to extend its rail line to Yumeshima before the 2025 World Expo. The firm is concerned that there may be little passenger demand with lingering uncertainty over the pandemic and the future of IR development in Osaka.

Nagasaki demands investor exclusivity in Japan IR race

Nagasaki authorities say investors in entities that have qualified for the next portion of the prefecture’s RFP process will not be allowed to participate in similar bidding processes elsewhere in Japan.
life after pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia’s online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.
Asia Gaming Briefings, april 2021

Asia Gaming Briefings – April 2021 Edition

In this April edition of Asia Gaming Briefings we take the pulse of how the North Asia jurisdictions of Japan, Korea and the Russian Far East have fared.
Agbriefings February 21

Asia Gaming Briefings – Feb 2021 Edition

The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.
asia gaming briefings Dec 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Dec 2020 Edition

Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.