A new draft of Japan’s integrated resort (IR) Basic Policy has tightened compliance requirements but offers no apparent policy or cost relief to licence applicants.
The Japanese government has postponed the application window for regional integrated resorts by at least nine months because of pandemic disruption.
Wynn Resorts has closed its office in Yokohama in the latest blow to the profile and competitiveness of the city’s integrated resort campaign and Japan’s national casino-resort strategy.
MGM Resorts International on Thursday posted a sizable loss for the second-quarter as its business begins to recover from the nationwide coronavirus mandated closures, but Bill Hornbuckle said he...
Las Vegas Sands has sensationally terminated its campaign to operate an integrated resort (IR) in Japan, with chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson attributing the withdrawal to a government “framework ...
Wakayama’s integrated resort (IR) campaign has dwindled to a two-horse race, with junket operator Suncity and Canadian private equity heavyweight Clairvest the only applicants to reach the...
An integrated resort (IR) consortium led by MGM Resorts International was the only candidate to file a request for proposal to Osaka’s government by Friday’s deadline, seemingly gifting the company...
Tokyo prosecutors have again indicted ruling party lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto for receiving bribes from Chinese gaming company 500.com.
Government and company delegates at Yokohama’s first integrated resort (IR) expo have played down loud public opposition to the city’s IR candidacy, arguing a casino-driven facility is its best...
Prosecutors have raided the Tokyo offices of a Macau casino operator, apparently in connection with a worsening integrated resort (IR) bribery scandal.
The Japanese government has delayed publishing the final version of its integrated resort (IR) basic policy for at least a month amid an escalating bribery scandal, but officials have said the...
As Japan’s leading cities line up their bids for the scant few integrated resort licences, underdog candidate Nagasaki is making a big push for victory in the hopes that a new casino-resort will...
A probe into alleged illegal cash movements into Japan by a Chinese gaming company has snowballed into a major political scandal, with a key ruling party lawmaker linked to integrated resort (IR)...
The Japanese government has postponed a proposal for a withholding tax on the casino winnings of non-resident foreign gamblers following objections from ruling party lawmakers.
A leading observer of Japan’s push to establish integrated resorts (IRs) has warned that a tight timeline, a lack of “solid capability” in some local governments and pending tax rules are becoming...
Hokkaido’s governor has announced that the prefecture will cease its campaign to host one of Japan’s first three integrated resorts (IRs).
The Japanese government has announced five nominees for the steering committee of the Casino Management Commission, the gaming regulator for integrated resorts, including a chairman with a...
Macau and Philippine integrated resort (IR) operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment has abandoned its campaign for an IR licence in the front-runner candidate city of Osaka, instead joining Las...
Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has abandoned Osaka as a candidate city in its quest for a Japanese integrated resort (IR) licence, declaring the Kanto region’s Tokyo or Yokohama cities as its targets...
The Japanese government’s vast set of voluntary rules to combat problem gambling will make the business of running an integrated resort tough going, according to a former Nevada casino executive.

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