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Wakayama Kencho

Japan’s local governments need global view

The reactions of the various local governments to the nine-month delay in the national IR development timeline was instructive.
Jacinda Ardern

Greens seen as gambling wild card in NZ elections

New Zealand’s main political parties are unlikely to change the gambling landscape post general elections that end on Saturday, although the picture may be different if the hard left Green Party becomes part of the government.
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.

Will Beijing’s sabre-rattling affect Chinese travel decisions?

China’s threat to draw up a blacklist of countries targeting gambling is most likely directed at the online industry, though may be enough to deter some travellers even if the government doesn’t follow through with its action.
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.
Pro IR candidate confirmed as Japan’s next PM

Pro IR candidate confirmed as Japan’s next PM

Pro IR politician Yoshihide Suga has won his party’s nomination to succeed Shinzo Abe as prime minister of Japan.

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.

Governor Koike accused of deceiving public on Tokyo IR plans

In the summer of 2017, Fumiko Hayashi won reelection as mayor of Yokohama claiming to be a “blank slate” but in reality favoring IR development in her city. Anti-casino activists believe that history may be repeating itself; this time with Governor Yuriko Koike in neighboring Tokyo.

The partial retirement of the “Don of Yokohama”

The “Don of Yokohama” has made a big move, but it may take some weeks or months to determine exactly what it signifies.

U.S.-China tensions a heightening threat to foreign firms in Macau

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