Last week Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui revealed that seven operators have registered for the RFC process to build an IR at Osaka Yumeshima, including what he called “all Top Five” of the world’s casino companies.
Local media reports indicate that MGM and Genting have publicly acknowledged that they are among the companies that are participating.
Osaka launched its RFC process in late April with a closing date for registration on May 24. This will now be followed by an August deadline for the submission of the RFC paperwork, and then a couple of months of discussions between the local government and the interested operators.
Seven international IR operators participated in last month’s Kansai IR Industrial Expo—Caesars, Galaxy, Genting, Melco, MGM, Sands, and Wynn—and this is likely the same seven that have registered to participate in the Osaka RFC process.