Saturday, January 23, 2021

Japan

Yokohama launches RFP process

Yokohama city has launched its RFP process to build a major urban IR at the Yamashita Pier candidate site. The timeline calls for the operator partner to be selected in the summer and the agreement finalized in the autumn.

Tomakomai IR optimists see hopes dashed again

Hope springs eternal in the minds of Tomakomai IR advocates. The answer delivered from the lips of Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki keeps coming back “no,” but what seems to be delivered to their ears is “maybe soon.”

Yokohama expected to launch its RFP process shortly

The administration of Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi is expected to announce shortly the start of its RFP process to build a major urban IR at Yamashita Pier, potentially becoming the largest IR development in Japan.

Oshidori issues positive profit alert

Oshidori International, a bidder for an IR operating license in Nagasaki, Japan, has issued a positive profit alert to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, projecting an unaudited consolidated profit of more than HK$2.3 billion (US$304 million) for the year 2020.

Thirty people arrested for illegal gambling in Osaka

Local police swept up thirty employees and customers in a raid on an illegal baccarat room in Osaka, Japan.

Rules on contacts between Japan officials and operators seen as ambiguous

In the wake of the 500 com bribery case, the Suga government has been proposing new rules for contacts between Japanese government officials and IR operators. However, these regulations are being criticized for being ambiguous in certain key areas.
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Hokkaido governor again turns down Tomakomai IR initiative

Tomakomai city’s hopes of reentering the Japan IR race have been dashed again as Governor Naomichi Suzuki made clear at a press conference that his earlier rejection of participating in the first round of licensing still stands.

Keigo Nakatani tapped to lead Oshidori’s Nagasaki IR bid

Oshidori International Development has announced the appointment of Hakuhodo’s Keigo Nakatani as Chief Operating Officer, leading the firm’s effort to be selected as the operator partner for the prospective Huis Ten Bosch IR in Sasebo, Nagasaki.

Suncity and Clairvest compete for Wakayama IR

As expected, both the Suncity Group and the Clairvest Group have filed their proposals to be selected as the IR operator partner of the Wakayama Prefectural Government.

Anti-casino councilman declares candidacy for Yokohama mayor

The first person to declare their candidacy for the post of Yokohama mayor is the opposition city councilman Masataka Ota. As he declared his candidacy, he announced that ending the city’s IR bid would be his top priority that he would carry out on Day 1 of his tenure.
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Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.
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