Casino heavyweights eye potential Japan sites, seek local partners

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.