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Japan – Casinos Austria and MGM to lead Japan’s casino revolution

Casinos Austria International and MGM look likely to lead the birth of casino gaming in Japan with both the Nagasaki and Osaka prefectures submitting their area development plans for their respective casino bids to the national government.   With Wakayama withdrawing from the race, Japan will only see two casinos in the first wave rather…

Japan – Special prefectural committee gives approval for casino project in Wakayama

A special prefectural committee has given its approval to the Wakayama Prefectural Government for Clairvest and Caesars Entertainment’s plans for a Wakayama Marina City-based world-class integrated resort (IR) in Japan. The plan is to build an IR at Wakayama Marina City, covering 569,000 sq. m. with the gaming floor taking up 38,000 sq. m. There…

Japan – ‘Long-stay tourism’ the goal for Japan’s Integrated Resort casinos

The Japan Casino Regulatory Commission has reiterated that the goal of Integrated Resort casino in Japan is to generate ‘long-stay tourism.’ Its approach to casino regulation was updated on its official website with four sections detailed: Concept/Approach to Casino Regulations, Overview of Casino Regulations, Summary of Casino Regulations and Measures against Adverse Effects, and Main…

Japan – Casinos Austria expands proposed Nagasaki footprint with cost at US$3.08bn

Casinos Austria International Japan and Nagasaki prefecture have published more details of the casino blueprint for Sasebo City at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park to be handed over for consideration by the Japanese government in April. The plans have seen the project’s footprint increased to 320,000 sq. m., with the floor area of the…

Does Japan still want casinos?

A scramble to submit bid applications has reversed polarity. Now the most coveted licences in the world have run into serious head-winds. How did it get to this? G3 speaks to gaming consultant Jonathon Strock, who spent six years investigating a bid for France’s Barriere Group in Wakayama, Japan. He assesses the bidders, the reasons…

Nagasaki: Economic driver for regional growth and prosperity

Yokohama’s exit from the Integrated Resort licensing process leaves Wakayama, Osaka and Nagasaki each with the potential to win one of the three remaining licences. While Osaka is the front runner ahead of its smaller regional competitors, G3 speaks to Ken Hirata, Vice Governor of Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, about the prefecture’s prospects and why it…

Japan – Japan’s new Prime Minister gives his support to casino initiative

Fumio Kishida, Japan’s new Prime Minister, has spoken out for the first time about casinos in Japan saying they are a vital step in transforming tourism in the country. Responding to questions from Kiyomi Tsujimoto, Deputy Representative of the Constitutional Democratic Party, on the viability of Integrated Resorts casinos, he said: “It is an important…

Japan – Casinos Austria International Japan releases proposal summary for Nagasaki

Casinos Austria International Japan (CAIJ) has released details for its Nagasaki Integrated Resort which could be built at Sasebo city’s Huis Ten Bosch if Nagasaki wins one of three casino licences to be awarded by government. Casinos Austria International believes its Nagasaki resort would need an investment of JPY 350bn (US$3.2bn) and will attract up…

Japan – Preferred operator status now official for MGM in Osaka

The foregone conclusion that MGM Resorts and partner ORIX Corp are the preferred developers to build an Integrated Resort casino on the artificial island of Yumeshima in Osaka Bay has been made official by Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City. The consortium was the only option left for Osaka following the withdrawals of Genting Singapore, Galaxy…