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Japan – Hokkaido pulls out of Japanese casino race

By - 2 December 2019

Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, has ditched its bid for an integrated resort (IR) with Governor Naomichi Suzuki citing environmental concerns with an environmental assessment likely to take up to three years.

Governor Suzuki said: “As a result of careful consideration, I had reached the conclusion that I would like to give an IR bid a shot, however the candidate site is likely to be a habitat of rare animals and plants, and the appropriate environmental considerations would be impossible in the restricted schedule.”

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Rush Street Japan and Hard Rock International had all set up offices in Hokkaido.

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