Caesars Entertainment has established a three-person Japan Advisory Committee made up from respected executives from the US-Japan alliance.
The Las Vegas-based operator has appointed former US Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, former US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky, and Kara Bue of Armitage International.
Steven Tight, Caesars’ President of international development, said: “We are thrilled to welcome such a distinguished and experienced group of global leaders to our team. Caesars has a proud legacy of delivering remarkable entertainment experiences while focusing on responsible gaming and economic development. We are glad that Senator Daschle, Ambassador Barshefsky, and Kara Bue are helping us bring this experience to Japan should we be fortunate enough to earn a license.”
Senator Daschle said: “I’m excited to join the Caesars team because, as the industry’s pioneer and chief champion of responsible gaming, I know they will bring the thoughtful and family-oriented approach that Japan is looking for during this important time.”
Charlene Barshefsky added: “Caesars Entertainment has been successfully developing and operating Integrated Resorts for many decades. Given their vast experience fostering international business as a global leader in the MICE industry, and my experience building strong economic ties between the United States and Japan while United States Trade Representative, joining their team was a natural decision.”
Kara Bue commented: “Caesars Entertainment pioneered the first Integrated Resort, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and ever since has been a leading provider of world-class entertainment. It’s a great pleasure to support the Caesars team and promote the cross-cultural exchange of arts and entertainment between Japan and Caesars’ international network.”
In November last year, Caesars submitted plans for casino resorts in Osaka and Tomakomai, a city in Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. Executive Vice President Jan Jones Blackhurst said then that each of the resorts would cost $5bn to $10bn.