Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced he was firing the entire board of Landing International’s local partner, just as the two parties broke ground on a $1.5 billion theme park in Entertainment City.
The Wakayama Prefectural Government has reached an agreement to purchase the IR development candidate site at Marina City in the event that Wakayama wins its licensing bid at the central government level.
The clouds darkened over the prospects for a Hokkaido IR bid this week as the main conservative caucus in the Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly proved unable to coordinate a united stance after two days of talks.
Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui indicated at a press conference on Friday that he had effectively given up on his long-cherished goal to open the Yumeshima IR before the 2025 World Expo, and that in fact the bidders would only be asked to commit to a FY2026 opening date.
Despite Governor Naomichi Suzuki’s declaration at the end of November that Hokkaido will not be moving forward with an IR bid, Hard Rock Japan is signaling that they are not giving up their campaign to build an IR at Tomakomai city.
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