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 ...

Momentum to permit casinos rising

Apr 15, 2014

Momentum to permit casinos rising

Momentum is gathering pace for the lifting of a ban on casinos, prompting local governments and private businesses to step up preparations to host them. While Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore are widely known for huge casinos, or facilities that house and accommodate roulette ...

Lawson, Suntory execs to join casino push

Jan 27, 2014

Lawson, Suntory execs to join casino push

Business leaders, including top executives at Lawson Inc. and Suntory Holdings Ltd., are joining forces to back the legalization of casinos in Japan, a proposal that could open up what is estimated to be the world’s second- largest gaming market. Lawson Chief Executive Officer ...

Nov 19, 2013

New Komeito split on gambling bill

Differences within New Komeito mean Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition partner may not back submitting a bill to legalize casinos during the current Diet session. “I don’t necessarily think we will reach consensus on submitting the bill to the current session and moving forward ...

Macau casino giant eyes Japan foray

Nov 19, 2013

Macau casino giant eyes Japan foray

by Vinicy Chan

Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd., the Macau casino operator that made Lui Che-woo Asia’s third-richest man, plans to invest in China’s Hengqin Island and will consider investing at least $5 billion in Japan and Taiwan if allowed. Macau’s second-largest casino operator would consider spending at ...