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Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui

Osaka IR plunged into uncertainty by referendum loss

The prospects for the development of a major urban IR at Yumeshima, Osaka, took a sudden and unexpected turn for the worse after voters rejected the administrative reorganization proposals of the local leaders, and Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui announced his intention to retire from politics at the end of his term.

The Osaka Yumeshima IR loses its inevitability

A year ago there were many things uncertain about IR development in Japan, but if there was one thing you could depend upon—one prediction that could be made with near total confidence—it was that the man-made island of Yumeshima in Osaka Bay was destined to become host to one of the biggest and grandest IRs in the world. 
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MGM not committed to Osaka IR investment

In an earnings conference call held at the end of last week, MGM President and CEO Bill Hornbuckle revealed that his firm was not...

Osaka railways reconsidering Yumeshima development plans

Uncertainty over further schedule delays and concerns about a reduced scale for IR development on Yumeshima is causing local railways to consider scaling back...

Osaka leaders give up on firm timeline for operator selection

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui and Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura have indicated that, due to impact of the coronavirus, it is currently not possible to set...

Matsui admits Osaka IR may not open until 2028

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui announced at a Thursday press conference that an extra six months would be necessary for IR operators to submit all...

Osaka accepts IR delay and gives up on pre-World Expo opening

Osaka has thrown in the towel on the prefectural government’s long-cherished cherished prospect of opening its Yumeshima IR before the 2025 World Expo. Osaka Mayor...

MGM only accepted bidder for Osaka IR

The Osaka Prefectural Government released a press statement on Friday regarding the screening of candidates for the Osaka Yumeshima IR. Only one candidate made...

MGM invites twenty Japanese firms to join Osaka consortium

MGM Japan has invited about twenty local companies to join the Osaka IR consortium that it jointly leads with the Orix Corporation, according to...

Keihan Holdings wants to invest in Yumeshima IR

Keihan Holdings President Masahiro Ishimaru has revealed that his firm would be interested in participating as an investor in the Yumeshima IR, though on a modest scale.
Life After Pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Dossier

This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.

Australian market report: How to adapt to the new normal

Covid-19 forced the rapid and unexpected closure of venues across Australia, changing the operating environment with unprecedented speed and leaving managers scrambling to adapt...
life after pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia’s online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.
AGB Webinar Attracting Players, Not Fraudsters

Attracting players, not fraudsters

With sports betting restarting we are now seeing traffic levels return to pre-COVID levels. The same is unfortunately true for fraudulent activities as operators tempt players, both new and existing, with lucrative bonuses and attractive game offerings.
asia gaming briefings Dec 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Dec 2020 Edition

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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Asia Gaming Briefings – Nov 2020 Edition

While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.
asia gaming briefings OCT 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Oct 2020 Edition

Before the Covid-19 crisis, tourism in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region was at a record high, on track to welcome 80 million visitors in 2019, generating some $90 billion in revenue.