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PR agency power paves roads to IR licenses

In recent years, IR operators have been building their Japan operations from scratch, their eyes firmly on the prize of winning a gaming license and the considerable profits that are almost universally expected to derive from the Japanese market.

IR bid at issue in Okinawa gubernatorial election

The question of whether or not Okinawa Prefecture will be making a bid for an IR license will likely be resolved in the September 30 gubernatorial elections, as the two candidates are taking the expected opposite policy positions.

Hokkaido governor looks for support from Tomakomai

The Hokkaido gubernatorial race is already informally underway. Incumbent Harumi Takahashi spoke with leaders of Tomakomai’s business community last Friday about the city’s potential IR bid in connection with her own political future.

Governor Onaga’s death shakes up Okinawa prospects

The sudden death of Governor Takeshi Onaga on Wednesday has thrown Okinawa politics into turmoil, with potential implications for the IR industry.

Political challenges loom after passage of IR Implementation Act

The Japanese government is on the brink of passing the IR Implementation Act, though the bill remains deeply unpopular with the majority of the population and sooner or later this will have practical consequences for the industry.

Pro-IR Tomakomai Mayor Iwakura gains new term

Tomakomai Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura, a strong advocate for hosting an IR in his northern Japanese city, won a fourth 4-year term in office after no other candidate registered before the filing deadline.

Diet session extended until July 22

Anticipating a tough fight ahead with the opposition parties over the IR Implementation Bill, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party opted for a 32-day extension of the Ordinary Diet Session to July 22.

Echizen IR proposal in the slow lane

The Fukui Association of Corporate Executives has not received a proactive response from the governmental authorities about their IR proposal for Echizen city, made in March.

Iwanuma struggles to find pro-IR mayoral candidate

Since the Iwanuma City Council passed a resolution last June to launch a feasibility study for an IR bid, little progress has been made....
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Knowledge trumps content in Asia’s complex i-gaming world

In Asia’s complex and diverse igaming landscape, having the right content means business success only if one more key ingredient is included - market knowledge. 

Australian market report: How to adapt to the new normal

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Cruise industry struggles with Covid comeback

As the world struggles to get back to its feet, the Covid-19 pandemic has left the cruise community wondering if things will ever get back to the way they were before.

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