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Feb 8, 2017

Osaka pushes Yumeshima for casino and resort, 2025 World Expo

Osaka's political and business leaders are moving forward with plans to develop Yumeshima, a man-made island in Osaka Bay, into what they hope will be the site of an integrated resort with casino gambling by 2024 and the World Exposition in 2025. But with the ...

Japan cautiously watching how Trump agitates the trade waters

Feb 2, 2017

Japan cautiously watching how Trump agitates the trade waters

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration struggles to deal with U.S. President Donald Trump, local government leaders around the country, many of whom are members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, are expressing caution and concern about what Trump has said and plans to ...

Japan breathes new life into regional, non-U.S. trade pact

| Jan 30, 2017

Japan breathes new life into regional, non-U.S. trade pact

With U.S. President Donald Trump's formal decision to withdraw from the long controversial American-led Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, attention in the Asia-Pacific region is turning toward making renewed efforts to complete a separate multilateral trade agreement that excludes the U.S. — the Regional Comprehensive Economic ...

Jan 26, 2017

On casinos, Osaka moves forward as Yokohama steps back

As a Liberal Democratic Party team tasked with recommending policies for casino resorts met this week, leaders in Osaka and Yokohama displayed opposite reactions to the prospect of hosting such facilities. On Wednesday, an LDP group began discussing a blueprint for the construction and operation ...

Record 9.4 million foreign tourists visited Osaka in 2016

Jan 20, 2017

Record 9.4 million foreign tourists visited Osaka in 2016

Over 9.4 million foreign tourists visited Osaka last year, the largest number ever, Osaka tourism authorities announced earlier this week. The figure represents a 31 percent increase on 2015, and is more than triple the number of foreign nationals who visited the city in 2013, ...