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Japan – Casino vote expected this week in Japan

From seemingly nowhere, Japan could now be on the verge of approving a US$30bn gaming industry with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now having a majority to support an integrated casino resort bill. A vote is scheduled in the national Diet this week on November 9 following a week of top executives from leading casino companies,…

Japan – Casino bill to miss Japan’s Diet session again

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party has said it will not try and pass a bill to allow casino gambling during the current Diet session due to its coalition partner Komeito being wary of the move. Despite the bill being jointly presented by the LDP and two other parties during 2014’s ordinary legislative session, the LDP now…

Japan – Union Gaming hopeful of Japanese progress

Union Gaming Research believes the submission of Japan’s gaming bill is still possible during the current parliamentary session set to end on June 24. Analysts Grant Govertsen and Felicity Chiang said they were ‘cautiously optimistic’ that the prospect of resort casinos could progress in Japan, adding ‘much will need to fall into place to make…

Japan – Japan casino bill to be resubmitted by the end of March

Legislators backing Japan’s move towards integrated casino resorts have confirmed they will resubmit the bill to legalise casino gaming by the end of March in the hope to get it passed by the end of the year. Liberal Democratic Party politician Takeshi Iwaya said the bill would be submitted again on the last day of…

Japan – Japan sets up Casino Task Force to drive interest

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is setting up a task force to advise on the future development of casinos should legislators approve the introduction of integrated casino resorts. The move is a clear sign that a positive outcome is likely for the casino concept indeed the government is keen for Integrated Resorts to be…

Japan – MGM fishing for locations for Japanese resort casino

MGM Resorts is believed to have viewed the largest fish market on the planet as a potential site for the casino resort it wants to develop in Japan. According to a report from Bloomberg, MGM’s Chief Executive Officer James Murren toured the Tsukiji market in central Tokyo in March to analyse the potential of the…

Japan – Japanese casino discussions underway

The opening parliamentary debate on a bill to introduce resort casinos is now underway in Japan. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party wants casinos as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aim of increasing economic growth by doubling the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan to over 20m by 2020. Hiroyuki Hosoda, the ruling party lawmaker…

Japan – Tokyo Governor remains sceptical over benefits of gaming

Seeing casinos introduced into the capital is not a priority for Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe who has called for more debate on issues such as money laundering. “This is not at the top of my agenda. I don’t believe that you must have casinos to improve the economy,” he said. “There hasn’t been enough debate,…

Japan – Osaka keen to usher in casino proposals

The Japanese city of Osaka is looking to steal a lead on its likely, rival casino city of Tokyo by naming an official site for any future development and inviting operators from across the globe to design their blueprints. The favoured site for the development is on reclaimed land in Osaka Bay in an area…