Three Japan IRs not a done deal, say observers
Japan’s national government might not grant three licenses for integrate resorts (IRs) in the country’s first phase of casino gaming liberalisation, say several industry observers in comments to GGRAsia. That is after the election on Sunday of an anti-IR mayor in Yokohama, Takeharu Yamanaka, who said he would soon clarify that the city would not apply to join the bidding process to host a casino complex.
A maximum of three IRs are permitted nationally in Japan’s initial phase of market liberalisation. Yokohama, near Tokyo, is Japan’s second-most populous city, and its likely withdrawl from teh IR race leaves three interested cities bidding for the same number of licenses.
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