Turning Japanese

The gaming floors of Japan’s casinos are expected to be uniquely Japanese in theme and will differ from other jurisdictions around Asia in that they are likely to be dominated by machine-based play. Once the first casinos open, Japan is expected to be one of the largest gaming markets in the world, with revenue in excess of $24 billion by 2030, according to Global Market Advisors’ estimates. As a result, it is expected to produce unique opportunities for global gaming suppliers, from the international giants, such as Scientific Games, Aristocrat and IGT, through to the locals such as Aruze Gaming and Konami.   Although it will be at least another three to five years before the first IR breaks ground, already suppliers have begun to thrash out their battle plans to ensure they are in the driving seat to capitalize on the opportunity. Aruze Gaming Macau senior compliance & operations manager Joji Kokuryo says...

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