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Yokohama deputy mayor denies possibility of IR corruption

Yokohama Deputy Mayor Toshihide Hirahara has denied to opposition politicians that an IR corruption case like that of 500 .com can occur in Yokohama because the rules on contact between officials and operators are much stricter in the city than they are at the national government level.
Komeito lawmaker Kiyohiko Toyama

Komeito loses its pro-casino voice

This week a fresh scandal, unrelated to IR development, stripped the ruling coalition Komeito Party of its only lawmaker who was proactively and vocally in favor of casino legalization. This represents an indirect but still distinct blow to the industry’s future prospects at the national level.

U.S. sanctions “broken tooth” Koi

The U.S. Treasury Department has officially sanctioned Wan Kuok Koi, also commonly known as “Broken Tooth,” and his Hong Kong-based company Dongbei Group for corruption and bribery. The U.S. says Broken Tooth is the leader of the 14k Triad Group and his company is behind a major investment project in Myanmar involving casinos.
Akimoto heading for rearrest in bribery scandal

Does Japan IR process invite misfortune?

Every nation that hosts casinos or IRs develops their own set of regulations to govern the industry, but did Japan just happen to throw together a jumble of elements into the mix that has actively invited misfortune?
500.com

500 .com declares itself innocent

It has been ten months since the 500 Dot Com bribery case broke into public view, but the net of justice has yet to fall upon and to wring confessions out of those who are widely believed to be the most guilty.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Yokohama’s IR Bid

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Yokohama’s IR Bid

For the first time since the IR legislation was passed into law, Japan has a new prime minister. Fortunately for Japan’s pro-IR community, it is Yoshihide Suga.

500 .com advisors admit to bribery in Japan

Two former advisors of China’s 500 .com had admitted to seeking to bribe a Japanese lawmaker in connection with its search for a casino license, according to local media reports.

Police arrest three more linked to 500.com bribery scandal

Tokyo prosecutors have arrested three corporate executives for allegedly offering money to a defendant in the 500.com bribery scandal to provide false testimony, according to local media reports.

Education Minister Hagiuda fends off casino corruption allegations

Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda found himself the latest target of accusations of financial impropriety in relation to IR development. The weekly magazine Shukan Shincho reported...

Crown public hearing on hold as key witness unavailable

A public hearing into the alleged corrupt practices by Crown Resorts to bring Chinese high rollers through their doors has been put on hold...

All set for the FBM slots expansion campaign in Asia

FBM has been developing its slots offer over the last three years, with operations established in Europe and North America. The company is now accelerating its slots expansion campaign in Asia
Life After Pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Dossier

This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.
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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.
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.
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Asia Gaming Briefings – Nov 2020 Edition

While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.