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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.
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Japan IRs have a new schedule

After spending most of this year in denial or else paralyzed by the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Japanese central government has finally made a credible decision about its IR development plans, which is to push back the timeline by nine months.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Osaka’s IR bid

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Osaka’s IR bid

If it can be said that Yoshihide Suga’s emergence as prime minister of Japan is something of a poisoned chalice for Yokohama’s IR bid, for the leaders of Osaka, it is, in contrast, both uncomplicated and quite beneficial.

MGM not committed to Osaka IR investment

In an earnings conference call held at the end of last week, MGM President and CEO Bill Hornbuckle revealed that his firm was not...

Osaka railways reconsidering Yumeshima development plans

Uncertainty over further schedule delays and concerns about a reduced scale for IR development on Yumeshima is causing local railways to consider scaling back...

Osaka leaders give up on firm timeline for operator selection

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui and Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura have indicated that, due to impact of the coronavirus, it is currently not possible to set...

Matsui admits Osaka IR may not open until 2028

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui announced at a Thursday press conference that an extra six months would be necessary for IR operators to submit all...

Osaka goes to war with defiant pachinko parlors

The Osaka prefectural and municipal governments engaged in a very public campaign to force a handful of defiant pachinko parlors to suspend their operations...

Osaka accepts IR delay and gives up on pre-World Expo opening

Osaka has thrown in the towel on the prefectural government’s long-cherished cherished prospect of opening its Yumeshima IR before the 2025 World Expo. Osaka Mayor...

Osaka mayor warns MGM against “high-handed” IR bid

Defending himself against media questions regarding Osaka’s potential loss of leverage against the MGM Japan-Orix bid in a context in which they are now...

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