The world’s biggest casino companies, including Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, SJM Holdings and Melco Crown have all begun scouting for potential sites in Japan as lawmakers mull passing a bill to legalize gambling resorts, Bloomberg reported. Most are also considering hooking up with local partners, with MGM preparing to team up with a consortium of Japan-based companies to help prepare any possible bid. Sands, meanwhile, is looking at possible sites including the Odaiba section of Tokyo, an island of reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay, between Haneda airport and the business district surrounding the city’s main train station.
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Singapore police have busted at least two illegal gambling operations in the past week, while across Asia authorities have moved to stamp out illicit activities, from raids on premier league matches in India, to illegal number forecasting in Malaysia.
The Puducherry union territory government has urged the union government to ban online gaming platforms and mobile apps, describing it as a necessity to protect the mental health of vulnerable people.