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Wakayama now foresees spring 2026 IR opening

The Wakayama Prefectural Government has acknowledged that there will be a delay in the national timeline for developing IRs, but the local government remains keen on opening Japan’s first IR, which they now envision may be possible in spring 2026.

Yokohama Chamber of Commerce reiterates its IR advocacy

The Yokohama Chamber of Commerce & Industry has reiterated its strong support for IR development in the city, even as Mayor Fumiko Hayashi stated that she would respect the results of a popular referendum that went against the initiative.
Angel Sueiro

Interview with Angel Sueiro: Clark concepts and Philippine prospects [video]

Angel Sueiro, chief operating officer of PH Resorts, talks with Asia Gaming Brief managing editor Sharon Singleton about the concept for the company’s next property in the highly competitive Clark Freeport Zone and opportunities post-Covid 19 in the Philippines. The mass market is paying the bills, but international visitors are needed to put the cream on top.

Galaxy reiterates commitment to Japan IR bid

Ted Chan, Galaxy Entertainment’s COO for Japan, has welcomed the shift in the national IR development timeline and reiterated his firm’s intention to make a bid.

Poll suggests local opposition to Osaka IR increasing

A poll conducted by the Nihon Keizai Shinbun and TV Osaka suggests that local opposition to the construction of the proposed IR at Yumeshima in Osaka may be increasing, with 52 percent opposed versus 37 percent in favor.

Incheon casino construction remains stalled over financing difficulties

Both Caesars Korea and Mohegan’s Inspire Resort have suspended construction of their facilities in Incheon for months, with no word on when the building will continue. The outlook for the Caesars IR is particularly cloudy.

Yokohama mayor says she would respect IR referendum result

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi stated for the first time that should the city be forced to hold a referendum on IR development and lose the vote, she would respect the people’s decision and withdraw the city’s candidacy.
Reading Japan’s political runes

Reading Japan’s political runes

The appointment of Yoshihide Suga as prime minister of Japan may have subtly shifted the sands when it comes to the two top contenders to host an integrated resort in their cities.

Magazine hints senior ruling party executive aims to profit from Wakayama IR

Shukan Bunshun, one of Japan’s weekly magazines that focuses on scoops and scandals, suggests in a recent article that Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai may intend to personally profit from a land acquisition near the proposed site for the Wakayama IR.

Opposition politicians join street rally against Yokohama IR

National politicians of various opposition political parties joined a street rally outside Yokohama Station in an effort to encourage the city government to abandon its IR development plans.
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.

Australian market report: How to adapt to the new normal

Covid-19 forced the rapid and unexpected closure of venues across Australia, changing the operating environment with unprecedented speed and leaving managers scrambling to adapt...
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.
AGB Webinar Attracting Players, Not Fraudsters

Attracting players, not fraudsters

With sports betting restarting we are now seeing traffic levels return to pre-COVID levels. The same is unfortunately true for fraudulent activities as operators tempt players, both new and existing, with lucrative bonuses and attractive game offerings.
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.
asia gaming briefings OCT 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Oct 2020 Edition

Before the Covid-19 crisis, tourism in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region was at a record high, on track to welcome 80 million visitors in 2019, generating some $90 billion in revenue.