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Public opinion polls taken in the wake of the 500 Dot Com bribery scandal agree that a large majority of the Japanese people want the government to reconsider its policy of casino legalization.
It was considered a foregone conclusion in gaming circles that Osaka will be a venue for one of the first three integrated resorts in Japan, though the entry of Yokohama into the race and shifting political sands highlight the fact that nothing should be taken for granted.
Japan’s public continues to be firmly opposed to IRs, with a new survey finding 60 percent are hostile on concern that public security will deteriorate.
The number of American adults with a favorable view of the gaming industry has gained 4 percentage points from last year to a record.
Political parties and citizens opposed to an IR bid at Yamashita Pier are launching movements both to recall Fumiko Hayashi as mayor of Yokohama as well as to subject any casino construction plans to a popular referendum.
Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki, who has been taking a go-slow approach on his decision whether or not to pursue an IR bid for the Tomakomai location, has now clearly indicated for the first time that he will hand down his verdict by the end of this year, not early next year as had been anticipated by most observers.
Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima has quickly responded to the Junior Chamber International Fukuoka’s proposal for an IR bid from his city. The answer was clear—“not at this time.”
The Hokkaido Prefectural Government has announced that it will be holding explanation meetings with the general public in five locations to both talk about...
With hundreds of anti-casino protesters chanting outside the building, Yokohama’s revised budget for IR development was passed with the support of the conservative majority...
Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki is now expected to delay until early 2020 his final decision on whether or not to go forward with an IR bid.