Following passage of an eagerly anticipated bill to legalise integrated resorts, Japan is now primed to step forward as one of the most significant expansion opportunities in the history of the international casino industry. 

Still, there is a long road ahead before the specifics of Japan’s casino regime are set in stone.

The path toward Japanese casino approval is two-fold, with the legislation passed by Japan’s Diet in December 2016 simply calling for authorisation of integrated resorts.

Now, the administration of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Diet members must craft a more detailed, implementing bill — setting out a precise regulatory framework for a casino market that many believe will very quickly become one of the most lucrative on the planet.

See below for GamblingCompliance’s coverage from Tokyo.

Insight & Analysis

The Japanese government will require integrated resorts (IRs) to include a minimum of 100,000 square metres in hotel room inventory and to select a balance between conference room capacity and exhibition space, according to new draft regulations. 

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Major Japanese banks are warning they will refuse loans to would-be integrated resort (IR) operators in the country if uncertainty...

Regulatory Research

Draft legislation for the implementation of integrated resorts (IRs) in the country has passed the lower house, and is now expected to pass...
A casino bill that would pave the way for integrated casino resorts in Japan has lost momentum and may be shelved until 2016 as Prime...
GamblingCompliance Research Services continues to monitor the political landscape in Japan and made recent visits to Osaka, Toyko and...