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Osaka Waiting on Central Government to Move Forward with Integrated Resort Process

Osaka is the latest city in Japan to formally announce that its integrated resort (IR) time line has been indefinitely suspended. Osaka, which recently topped Tokyo in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases, is putting its integrated resort aspirations on hold. Japan’s central government failed to meet its own self-imposed July 26 deadline to release its Basic Policy. The ...

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Osaka City and Prefecture Suspends Request-for-Proposal Phase for Casino Integrated Resort Operating License

The governor of the Osaka prefecture, Hirofumi Yoshimura, has confirmed to the media that the process associated with getting an operating license for an integrated casino resort as large casino, hospitality, and entertainment complexes are known in the country, was suspended at the end of June in the prefecture and its associated urban metropolis. As revealed by a GGRAsia’s correspondent in Japan, the ...

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Osaka confirms their IR casino process is still on hold

Osaka’s once bold plan to get an Integrated Resort (IR) casino up and running by 2025 now looks pretty doomed. The governor of the prefecture, Hirofumi Yoshimura, has confirmed that the process to move forward remains paused, and they’ll need to take the new situation of the world into account before moving forward again. Yoshimura has confirmed no new progress on the ...

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Osaka pauses casino tilt effort amid Covid-19 disruptions

Hirofumi Yoshimura, the governor of Japan’s Osaka prefecture, has respectively confirmed to journalists that the prefecture and its associated urban metropolis (pictured), suspended in late June, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the process related to getting a casino complex or integrated resort (IR), as they are known in that country. “Under the coronavirus situation, the process related to IR has been ...

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Deferred: Osaka and Wakayama delay RFPs

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, both prefectures have decided to delay the selection of a private-sector partner, a necessary step in order to make a bid for one of Japan’s first three integrated resort licences. Osaka and Wakayama prefectures have opted to postpone the administrative groundwork necessary to make a bid for one of the country’s first three integrated resort ...

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MGM Resorts not ‘all-in’ on Osaka IR investment: Hornbuckle

MGM Resorts CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle says the company is not ‘all-in’ on plans to develop an integrated resort in Osaka as it prepares to resume negotiations over its Japanese investment. While MGM remains hopeful of continuing on its Japanese journey, Hornbuckle was circumspect on the conditions that would make such an investment feasible as the industry emerges from ...

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Nagasaki and Osaka Continue Attempts To Become Official IR Japan Candidates

The Integrated Resort of Japan has been planned for some time, but has faced many delays in the previous months. The country is still looking to push the project through new casino venues which will see three local cities become richer. The present state of affairs is in favour of Nagasaki and Osaka who have already lodged their project applications. Nagasaki ...

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Osaka RFP Likely To Be Suspended Amid COVID-19

The global gambling industry has been struck hard by COVID-19, and Japan gaming has not been spared. Seemingly, the virus is here to stay; Nagasaki, one of the leading contenders to host a new casino resort, has decided to move forward with its plans to start receiving applications from private-sector businesses looking to get involved in the fledgling market. While the prefecture ...

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Prefectures of Nagasaki and Osaka Still Interested in Hosting Integrated Casino Resorts Despite Recent RFP Phase Delays

The authorities in the Nagasaki prefecture in Japan have revealed that they still intend to launch this summer the request-for-proposal (RFP) process aimed at identifying and assessing possible private-sector partners that are fit to operate an integrated casino resort. According to the governor of Nagasaki, Hodo Nakamura, the prefecture authorities hope that they would be able to select a partner by the winter of 2020. ...

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Osaka postpones RFP schedule for second time due to COVID-19 impact

Osaka prefecture and city announced on Tuesday that the deadline for submission of Request for Proposal (RFP) documentation by operators has been extended again, with the new deadline to be determined once details of the national government’s basic policy have been revealed. The decision represents the second time this year the RFP process has been delayed, having previously been pushed ...

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Osaka authorities affirm delay to casino RFP deadline

The Osaka prefecture and city authorities confirmed on Tuesday they had extended the deadline for the request-for-proposal (RFP) process in their tilt at having a casino resort. No specific cut-off date in relation to the refreshed deadline was mentioned by the authorities, according to GGRAsia’s Japan correspondent. The Osaka authorities stated a new deadline would be set once the national government ...

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Osaka Delays Integrated Resort Casino Submission Deadline

Government officials in the Osaka Prefecture and its capital city have formally announced that the deadline for casino operators to submit integrated resort proposals is being pushed back – again. Plans are being delayed to add a towering casino resort to the Osaka Castle and city skyline. Earlier this month, Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui said the city would likely need ...

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Osaka casino RFP delay ‘reasonable’: MGM Japan

The delay to Osaka’s request-for-proposal (RFP) phase in its tilt at a casino resort, which coincides with the country tackling Covid-19, is a “reasonable” decision, said the Japan unit of United States-based casino operator MGM Resorts International, in an email to GGRAsia. “The delay is reasonable,” a spokesperson from MGM Resorts Japan LLC told GGRAsia in an emailed reply on Friday. The ...

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Osaka puts back casino RFP deadline by a further 6 months

The authorities in Osaka city (pictured) said on Thursday that a key phase in the city’s effort to get a casino resort would be put back by a further six months. Osaka’s mayor, Ichiro Matsui, said at a regular press briefing that the authorities had also amended their timetable for opening such a gaming resort in the metropolis, according to GGRAsia’s correspondent in Japan. According to Thursday’s announcement, the deadline ...

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Osaka Pushes Back Key IR Deadline by Six Months, Casino Opening Delayed Until 2027 or Later

Osaka officials announced Thursday that the city was pushing back its request-for-proposal (RFP) deadline by another six months, a move that could delay the opening of a casino there until 2028. A group of people walk through a shopping area in Tokyo on March 27, 2020. Osaka has pushed back its request-for-proposal deadline six months, likely in part due to ...

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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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