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Japan’s IR policy totters after operators hit exits

Japan’s bid to create a world-beating IR market is hanging in the balance after a series of high-profile exits and political mismanagement.
Japan’s IR

Politics may upset Japan’s IR apple cart [video]

Daniel Cheng, a seasoned casino veteran who was formerly leading Hard Rock International’s effort to gain a license in Hokkaido, talks to Asia Gaming Brief about Japan’s creepingly slow progress towards its first IRs.
Nagasaki

Nagasaki IR bid gets top-level political patronage

Nagasaki’s IR licensing bid has now gained something that it never had before—a political patron at the very top of Japan’s government.
Yoshihide Suga elected

Suga government slips on IR messaging

It's well over six months into the administration of Yoshihide Suga, but the government has given scarce information about its IR development plans.
Yokohama

Yokohama IR pro and anti marshal their forces

This was a week in which those supporting and those opposing IR development in Yokohama marshaled their forces, organizing toward the decisive battle in August when the mayoral elections are scheduled to take place.
Fumiko Hayashi

Possibility emerges Yokohama mayor will not run for reelection

It has been the basic assumption within the IR development community that incumbent Fumiko Hayashi would be running for reelection as Yokohama mayor when her third term expires this coming August. But that prospect now appears less certain than it once did.
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.
Japan parliament

Japan’s IR development process rolls forward

Whatever its weaknesses, there is a clear pattern emerging in the new year that Japan’s IR development process is now rolling forward again. Four local governments are definitely in the race, and several others could make late entries—though that latter prospect is looking increasingly unlikely.

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.
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.
AGE at ICC Sydney, 2021

Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) 2021

The Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is the place to see new products and services, network, attend thought-provoking seminars, seek business partners and generate sales....
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.

Regulating the Game 2021

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AGBriefings, June, 2021, Resorts World Las Vegas

Asia Gaming Briefings – June 2021 Edition

For this edition of our magazine, we focus on Southeast Asia, with a particular look at the Philippines. The country’s casino industry has been among the hardest hit in Asia, with the integrated resorts in Manila’s Entertainment City having remained mostly closed to the general public since the beginning of the crisis last year.
Asia Gaming Briefings, april 2021

Asia Gaming Briefings – April 2021 Edition

In this April edition of Asia Gaming Briefings we take the pulse of how the North Asia jurisdictions of Japan, Korea and the Russian Far East have fared.
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.