Tokyo, Japan

Yokohama unfazed by Las Vegas Sands withdrawal, blames COVID-19 pandemic

Yokohama mayor Fumiko Hayashi has stated her belief that the global COVID-19 pandemic was behind the decision by Las Vegas Sands to withdraw from Japan’s IR race, stating at a press conference on Wednesday, “I am not particularly surprised.” While LVS Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson suggested in the company’s shock announcement on Wednesday that restrictive regulatory requirements were the primary ...

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Yokohama postpones release of IR Implementation Policy

The mayor of Yokohama, Fumiko Hayashi, has confirmed the city has pushed back it the announcement of its integrated resort implementation policy and its request-for-proposal (RFP) application requirements until August. Both had previously been scheduled to be released in June, with the city government opting to delay their publication in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, Hayashi emphasised that Yokohama’s ...

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Tokyo Games could be ‘greatest ever’, says Coates

The Tokyo Games were postponed for a year to 2021 in the aftermath of the new coronavirus outbreak. In Summary • Coates said he thought Tokyo could surpass even the reputation of the 2000 Sydney Games, which he helped organise and were described by then IOC chief Juan Antonio Samaranch as “the best Olympic Games ever”. • The bid, centred ...

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