Push for casinos runs into headwinds

| Sep 6, 2014

Push for casinos runs into headwinds

by Philip Brasor

Until a few months ago, it seemed a sure thing that casinos would be open in Tokyo by the time the Olympics rolled around in 2020. For years now, a group of lawmakers have been working to legalize gambling resorts in Japan, and Tokyo ...

Tokyo's Odaiba most popular location for casino resort

Jul 28, 2014

Tokyo's Odaiba most popular location for casino resort

Tokyo’s Odaiba waterfront district is the most popular location in Japan for a proposed integrated resort, including a casino, hotel and convention center, according to a survey released Monday. As many as 25.9 percent of the respondents picked Odaiba as the most attractive location ...

Jul 8, 2014

Odds fall on USJ casino ambition

by Eric Johnston

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 ...

Abe inspects two casino resorts in Singapore

May 30, 2014

Abe inspects two casino resorts in Singapore

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday took in two casino resort facilities in Singapore after arriving to attend a three-day security summit for the Asia-Pacific region. Abe intends to draw on Singapore’s experience in bolstering tourism with integrated resort facilities, Japanese government sources said. ...

Abe to visit Singapore casino to gauge economic benefits

May 24, 2014

Abe to visit Singapore casino to gauge economic benefits

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit a casino and resort complex in Singapore later this month to assess the facility’s economic benefits and effect on society, according to a government source. Abe’s trip will come at a time when domestic legislation to legalize ...

Pachinko parlors face taxing times

May 13, 2014

Pachinko parlors face taxing times

by Farah Master and Nathan Layne

Moves toward legalizing casinos in Japan have reignited a debate over the legal status of pachinko, with a potential new tax mooted for a $200 billion gaming industry that has existed for decades on the fringes of the law. Pachinko, a slot-cum-pinball form of ...