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    Osaka political party demands legislative action

    The Osaka-based Japan Innovation Party (Nippon Ishin) has demanded that the ruling party move forward immediately with gambling addiction legislation with the intention of enacting it in the current Diet session, which ends on December 9th. This demand was delivered in a face-to-face meeting inside the Diet Building on Monday between Japan Innovation Party Secretary-General […]

    Adelson says IR bill won’t allow “best” kind of IR

    Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson has criticized Japan’s planned IR legislation and warned the bill in its current form will mean a lower level of investment from his company should it win a license. On Friday afternoon, Adelson visited the Osaka Prefectural Office and held a private meeting with Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and […]

    Osaka completes interim IR plan

    On August 31, the prefectural and city governments of Osaka unveiled their “Interim Framework Plan” for constructing an IR at Yumeshima, a manmade island in Osaka Bay. The plan speaks of creating an “IR for the highest level of growth in the world,” and it puts heavy emphasis on the employment of high technology. This […]

    Osaka Governor criticizes restrictive casino policies

    Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui, a regional politician known to be in favor of establishing IRs, has openly criticized the proposals regarding entry to casinos, now being considered by the central government, as being too restrictive. At his June 21 press conference, Governor Matsui answered reporters’ questions an IR in Osaka Prefecture for about 15 minutes. […]

    Osaka aims for leadership on gambling addiction policies

    The Osaka prefectural and city governments have decided to take a proactive approach to the issue of gambling addiction, wishing to promote themselves as the national leaders on this matter. Their efforts, of course, are intended to smooth the path toward the establishment of a major urban IR at Yumeshima within the context of a […]

    Izumisano still hoping for IR

    Izumisano city in Osaka Prefecture has not given up its hopes of hosting an IR, even though rival Yumeshima has been backed by the incumbent governor.

    Osaka governor tightens rules on IR bidding

    In anticipation of a hot bidding war among international IR operators for the Yumeshima location, Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui has begun to outline strict ethics rules for public employees when they make contact with the competing businesses. Matsui told a press conference, “If lobbying activities become too active, it is possible that public employees and […]
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    Osaka Governor Matsui wants to select IR operator within a year

    Just as he did with the IR Implementation Act, Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui, is once again pushing the national government to speed up its deliberations and to move with greater alacrity. He says that Osaka wants to tentatively select its operator partner within a year with an eye to opening the Yumeshima IR by 2024.

    Osaka Governor Matsui sets off to Europe to promote World Expo bid

    Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui left his typhoon-struck prefecture on Sunday for a weeklong tour of Europe, aiming to promote his bid to host the 2025 World Expo at Yumeshima island in Osaka.

    Osaka governor lobbies for World Expo in Malaysia and Pakistan

    Leaving no stone unturned in his campaign to win the bid to host the 2025 World Expo at Yumeshima, Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui has set off to Malaysia and Pakistan in an effort to gain their votes.

    Japan’s Casino Bill champions in political decline

    The most powerful voices in Japan’s political world, who have been championing the so-called Casino Bill, have suffered reverses that seem to have dimmed the prospects for passage of the legislation. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lost political capital pushing through deeply unpopular security legislation, while regional advocates of casinos in their cities have also lost power.