National 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 with ...

Macau casino giant eyes Japan foray

Business / Corporate 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 least ...

Curse or cash cow: Japan ready for casinos?

Reference | FYI Mar 26, 2013

Curse or cash cow: Japan ready for casinos?

by Eric Johnston

Lawmakers are seriously considering legalizing casinos so Japanese can roll the dice without having to travel to gambling houses in the United States, East and Southeast Asia. Backed by the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling bloc and smaller forces, including Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan ...