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Analyst: Tokyo and Aichi could still join IR race

A report issued Wednesday by Bay City Ventures Managing Director Joji Kokuryo notes that there are two additional local governments that might still join...

Landslide victory for incumbent Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike

The prospect of Tokyo belatedly throwing its hat into the ring of Japan IR development was kept alive on Sunday by the landslide victory...

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.

Tokyo gubernatorial candidate targets IR development

Kenji Utsunomiya, a former chairman of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, has decided to make anti-casino policies one his key election pledges. Utsunomiya, 73,...

More prefectural governors take aim at defiant pachinko parlors

Osaka’s high-profile conflict with pachinko parlors that have refused to suspend operations in spite of Covid-19 state of emergency requests has begun to spread...

Tokyo goes under soft lockdown

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike announced on Wednesday night a series of measures that amounted to a soft lockdown of the Tokyo Metropolitan District. The governor...

No clarity on Tokyo’s IR policy expected before gubernatorial election

With Tokyo gubernatorial elections now scheduled for July 5 of next year, political observers are predicting that Governor Yuriko Koike will not clarify her stance on an IR bid for at least the next nine months or so.

Illegal casino-related busts in Nagoya and Tokyo

Police continue to announce busts related to illegal casinos in major cities across the country, with two fresh busts in Nagoya and the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo coming just this week, netting a total of four arrests.

Sands now betting against Yokohama and Tokyo

Las Vegas Sands’ Managing Director for Global Development George Tanasijevich has offered the clearest statement yet that his firm is now following MGM Resorts in pursuing an “Osaka First” strategy.

Rumors of Tokyo IR licensing bid resurface

Despite Governor Yuriko Koike’s indication in January that she isn’t considering an IR bid for the former Tsukiji Fish Market site, numerous observers believe that such a bid is indeed quietly under consideration, either at Tsukiji or on Odaiba.

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