Japan

Nagasaki to brief all operators on RFP policy for IR development

Nagasaki prefecture has announced that it will hold a series of implementation policy briefing sessions for its RFP (Request for Proposal), which will act as a reference for selecting an operator with which to pursue an IR bid. The briefings will be held between 1 and 19 June 2020 with one hour planned for each individual operator. They will include ...

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Wakayama extends RFP deadline by two months, operator selection pushed to January 2021

Wakayama prefecture announced Monday that it will extend the deadline for operators to submit material as part of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process by almost two months, from 31 August to 19 October, due to the impact of COVID-19. The delay comes after just two companies, Hong Kong’s Suncity Group and Canadian IR investment firm Clairvest Group, responded to ...

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Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture Delaying Time Line to Select Integrated Resort Casino Partner

The Wakayama Prefecture government in Japan is extending its deadline to select which integrated resort (IR) casino operator to partner with from this November to January 2021. Wakayama will take additional time before settling on an integrated casino resort. GGRAsia confirmed the delay, local authorities telling the media outlet that the decision was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime ...

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Japan’s Wakayama delays casino RFP, cites pandemic

The authorities in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture (pictured) announced on Monday that they would only aim to select by January 2021 – instead of mid-November this year – a private-sector partner for the prefecture’s tilt at having a casino complex or integrated resort (IR). The prefecture confirmed to GGRAsia in an email that the Covid-19 emergency recently experienced by Japan had ...

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Wakayama delays expectations for IR bid selection process

While the global pandemic has ruined the plans for many things, Japan’s integrated resort (IR) process has chugged along, with most parties pretty content that timelines are long enough that they can still hit their goals. Wakayama prefecture might cut it a little close though, as they have confirmed to GGRAsia that they won’t be hitting their mid-November 2020 goal of selecting ...

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Kyushu body sends casino ops goodwill amid pandemic

The Kyushu Governors’ Association, the body that endorsed Nagasaki prefecture as the representative of that Japanese region in its tilt at a casino resort, held an online meeting on Friday – and also took part in a “Kyushu strategy meeting” involving community interests. The latter sent a goodwill message to all casino resort operators regarding the “difficult circumstances the spread of Covid-19 has ...

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Osaka RFP could be further delayed due to coronavirus

The regional authorities in Osaka have suggested that the prefecture’s RFP process has been placed on the back-burner while it deals with the immediate issue of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, despite the COVID-19 virus, Nagasaki prefecture has said it still plans to hold its RFP this spring. The mayor of Osaka, Ichiro Matsui, has acknowledged that the prefecture’s request-for-proposal (RFP) ...

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IR2.0 Concept

One of two companies to respond to Wakayama’s RFP assessment call in April, Suncity Group has grand plans for a Japanese integrated resort with its IR2.0 concept. It was August 2019 when Suncity Group first unveiled its concept for an integrated resort in the Japanese prefecture of Wakayama, located on the southernmost point of the Kansai region’s Honshū island. The ...

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Suncity, Clairvest go to the next round in Wakayama, Japan IR race

Two casino operators hoping to claim victory and develop an integrated resort (IR) in the Wakayama prefecture in Japan are one step closer to the final battle to decide a winner. The prefecture has initiated a request-for-proposal (RFP) project for those companies interested in bringing large-scale gambling to the region and, after spending the past couple of weeks reviewing the applications to ...

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Wakayama Prefecture passes pair of casino license suitors

In Japan and the government for Wakayama Prefecture has reportedly announced that two foreign firms have been passed through the request for proposal (RFP) stage of its campaign to secure one of the nation’s coming trio of licenses to build and operate an integrated casino resort. According to a report from GGRAsia, the southern Honshu jurisdiction received definitive RFP plans ...

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Suncity, Clairvest qualify for Wakayama casino RFP

The authorities in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture (pictured) announced on Thursday that two declared suitors seeking respectively to work with that community to create a casino resort – or integrated resort (IR) – scheme there, had each qualified for the local government’s request-for-proposal (RFP) process. It following a local government review of both companies over the previous two weeks. The firms are Suncity Group ...

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Suncity interested in right-fit partners for Japan IR bid

Privately-held Macau junket investor Suncity Group has told GGRAsia it is “open to considering” what it termed “appropriate” partners to pursue the brand’s casino-resort ambition in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture (pictured). The Suncity brand has lately, via a Japan unit, submitted documentation to take part in Wakayama’s request-for-proposal (RFP) process in the latter community’s tilt at hosting a large-scale casino complex with other ...

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Japan Extends Emergency Declaration Through May, Casino IR Timeline Unchanged

Japan’s Prime Minister has extended his nationwide state of emergency through the end of the month, as the country continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases. Japan PM Abe isn’t ready to take off coronavirus safety measures, as he’s extending his national emergency order.  Japan has more than 15,200 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and the disease has been ...

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Suncity, Clairvest the two bidders in Wakayama’s RFP

The authorities in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture announced on Friday that only two companies had submitted application documents for its request-for-proposal (RFP) process to choose a private-sector consortium as partner for its tilt to host a casino resort, or integrated resort (IR) as these schemes are known in that country. According to the local government, the two participating companies were: Suncity ...

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