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Tracking a decade of China crackdowns

Despite an ongoing pandemic, China does not appear to be letting up its grip on what it deems as "evils" in society, politics, and its economy.

Yokohama deputy mayor denies possibility of IR corruption

Yokohama Deputy Mayor Toshihide Hirahara has denied to opposition politicians that an IR corruption case like that of 500 .com can occur in Yokohama because the rules on contact between officials and operators are much stricter in the city than they are at the national government level.
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.

U.S. sanctions “broken tooth” Koi

The U.S. Treasury Department has officially sanctioned Wan Kuok Koi, also commonly known as “Broken Tooth,” and his Hong Kong-based company Dongbei Group for corruption and bribery. The U.S. says Broken Tooth is the leader of the 14k Triad Group and his company is behind a major investment project in Myanmar involving casinos.
Akimoto heading for rearrest in bribery scandal

Does Japan IR process invite misfortune?

Every nation that hosts casinos or IRs develops their own set of regulations to govern the industry, but did Japan just happen to throw together a jumble of elements into the mix that has actively invited misfortune?
500.com

500 .com declares itself innocent

It has been ten months since the 500 Dot Com bribery case broke into public view, but the net of justice has yet to fall upon and to wring confessions out of those who are widely believed to be the most guilty.
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.

500 .com advisors admit to bribery in Japan

Two former advisors of China’s 500 .com had admitted to seeking to bribe a Japanese lawmaker in connection with its search for a casino license, according to local media reports.

Police arrest three more linked to 500.com bribery scandal

Tokyo prosecutors have arrested three corporate executives for allegedly offering money to a defendant in the 500.com bribery scandal to provide false testimony, according to local media reports.

Education Minister Hagiuda fends off casino corruption allegations

Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda found himself the latest target of accusations of financial impropriety in relation to IR development. The weekly magazine Shukan Shincho reported...

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