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Regulator says Macau still studying online gambling

Pressure builds for Macau gov’t to progress with gaming law revision

On Thursday, Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance assured that the Macau SAR government would be moving forward with its public consultation on the new gaming law within the second half of this year.

Prime Minister Suga’s political stock in rapid decline

Under the revised timeline, the national government is due to begin accepting IR licensing applications from local governments in October 2021. The chances that Yoshihide Suga will no longer be prime minister by that time are growing quickly.

IR development at the “confrontational axis” of Japanese politics

“The casino issue is symbolic of the clear confrontational axis between top-down politics and grassroots politics… We cannot let matters continue as they have under the Abe administration.” So declared Leader of the Opposition Yukio Edano on Wednesday while touring Yamashita Pier, the proposed site for Yokohama’s major urban IR.

Prime Minister Suga likely to hit the brakes on IR development

The emergence of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga as the all-but-certain next prime minister of Japan is good news for Japan’s pro-IR community. However, even with a solid friend in the Kantei, there’s plenty of reason to believe that the government is about to hit the brakes.

The seven trials for Japanese IR legislation

Japan has seen numerous twists and turns in its bid to establish an integrated resort industry, though perhaps one of the most unwelcome was the arrest of a deputy minister at the centre of a money-for-favours scandal surrounding IR development plans for Okinawa and Hokkaido.

No clarity on Tokyo’s IR policy expected before gubernatorial election

With Tokyo gubernatorial elections now scheduled for July 5 of next year, political observers are predicting that Governor Yuriko Koike will not clarify her stance on an IR bid for at least the next nine months or so.
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Ho Iat Seng officially declares candidacy as Macau Chief

Ho Iat Seng, the main contender in the elections to pick Macau’s chief executive, formally declared his candidacy on Tuesday, holding a press conference in which he commented on the importance of the healthy development of the gaming industry.

National government to delay IR regulations until next year

The Abe government is pulling back from the planned July 1 establishment of the Casino Management Board and the issuance of more specific IR bidding regulations out of concern that Japanese public opinion remains hostile to the legalization of casino gambling.

Few local governments ready for IR bids

As 2018 comes to a close, remarkably few local municipalities are looking like seriously prepared candidates for IR bids, with really only two—Osaka and Wakayama—appearing to have fully lined up their local political and business establishments behind such a bid.

Politicians rattle anti-gambling cages as state elections loom

Upcoming elections in South Australia and Tasmania are providing another opportunity for anti-gambling crusaders to target the industry, prompting concern a hostile operating environment will restrict growth.
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