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Jul 8, 2014

Odds fall on USJ casino ambition

As Osaka moves forward with plans to build an integrated resort complex in the hope that the Diet will soon legalize casinos, the future role of the Universal Studios Japan theme park remains unclear. Management is in a long-running dispute with Osaka municipal officials ...

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. hails defense revamp

Tuesday’s decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet to reinterpret the Constitution to allow collective self-defense has divided Japan, with some people fearing it would drag the nation into a U.S.-led war. But in the U.S., the change is being hailed as a positive ...

Jun 30, 2014

Ishin-Komeito ties fray in Osaka

Relations between Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) and New Komeito continue to deteriorate, with party heads Toru Hashimoto and Ichiro Matsui preparing to challenge two Osaka-based New Komeito leaders in the next Lower House election. At an all-party meeting Saturday, Hashimoto and ...

Jun 23, 2014

Foreign maids the talk of Kansai zone

Discussions began in Osaka on Monday on a proposed special economic zone in the Kansai region that will include an experimental program to attract foreign maids to the region. An initiative backed by the central government, the zone is a series of locations in ...

Gambling experts await green light

Jun 22, 2014

Gambling experts await green light

At last month’s Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E) in Macau, casino and resort operators, game machine manufacturers, government officials and countless others gathered to review gaming laws and markets in countries ranging from Vietnam to China and the Philippines. But at this year’s G2E ...

Osaka on leading edge of casino debate

| Jun 22, 2014

Osaka on leading edge of casino debate

If Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and their Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) members play their cards right, their gamble on casino legalization could hit the jackpot. Over the past few months, the city has emerged as a favorite to ...