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Yokohama Authorities Reveal RFP Phase Timeline for Integrated Casino Resort Application Offers

The city of Yokohama officially announced the timeline for the request-for-proposal (RFP) phase of its integrated casino resort implementation policy. The move gave the start to the process of recruiting a gambling operator as a commercial partner for the metropolis authorities in the application process for one of the three casino licenses that are set to be granted by the Japanese Government. ...

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Yokohama to Start Accepting IR Applications on February 5, Tender Requirements Now Available

Casino operators interested in the integrated resort project can apply between February 5-May 17The RFP requires applicants to provide landscape designs and plans for public health measuresJapan’s IR projects have faced significant delays in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemicSeven companies have expressed interest in bidding for the Yokohama-based IR since 2019 A contender for one of three Japanese integrated ...

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Sega Sammy Holdings cuts 729 staff under a voluntary redundancy program

Sega Sammy Chairman and Group CEO Hajime Satomi Japan’s Sega Sammy Holdings has reduced its workforce by some 729 employees following completion of a group-wide voluntary redundancy program. The program, first announced late last year in response to financial pressures brought about by COVID-19, had aimed to find 650 staff to volunteer for retirement by offering special retirement allowances and ...

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Wakayama casino RFP deadline affirms still 2 suitors

Japan’s Wakayama prefecture confirmed on Friday (January 15) that no new suitors interested in being private-sector partner for the local government’s tilt at a casino resort, had come forward to make submissions for its pushed-back request-for-proposal (RFP) phase. The interested parties that did make submissions by the time of Friday’s RFP revised deadline, were the same entities that had already ...

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Wakayama Prefecture Confirms Only Two Applicants for Integrated Casino Resort Project at the End of RFP Phase

The end of last week saw the authorities in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture confirm there were no new applicants interested in becoming a private-sector partner for the local government in pursuit of one of the three integrated casino resorts that are set to be established in the country. As prefecture officials revealed, no new companies had expressed interest to make submissions for the prefecture’s delayed request-for-proposal ...

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Japan’s IR scene continues to show a lot of movement

It’s looking more likely, despite a recent setback due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, that Japan is going to be able to make progress this year with its plans to introduce integrated resorts (IR) to the country. There has already been movement since the new year started, with Nagasaki already launching its request-for-proposal (RFP) process and Yokohama set to get its RFP ...

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Wakayama Announces IR Implementation Policy

The Wakayama prefecture has announced its implementation policy for an integrated resort bid. The policy sets out objectives for a wellness and sports-focused IR that aims to revitalise the local economy, attracting visitors from within Japan and abroad, creating “significant economic and employment effects.” It calls on potential private operators to prioritise the waterfront location, hot springs, food culture and ...

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VIDEO: Nagasaki Vice-Governor Ken Hirata extended interview on RFP process, Nagasaki IR likely US$3.2 billion to US$4.2 billion

Nagasaki Vice-Governor Ken Hirata has outlined candidate operator partners in an integrated resort have estimated the capital investment in a Nagasaki IR to be between US$3.2 billion to US$4.2 billion, while the winning bid will need to demonstrate support for the entire Kyushu region. Details of Nagasaki’s operator expectations were offered by Hirata in an exclusive video interview with Inside Asian ...

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Nagasaki Launches its RFP Process

Nagasaki prefecture has launched its Request for Proposal (RFP) last Thursday, including the publication of recruitment guidelines for a Kyushu/Nagasaki IR operator. Under the RFP process, the prefecture will accept applications from operators for initial screening until January 28, and questions from participants regarding the requirements will be accepted until January 15. The operator selection schedule has set March 1 ...

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ANA issues RFP for leaseback of A321neos: sources

All Nippon Airways has issued a request for proposals for the sale and leaseback of five Airbus A321neos, sources tell Cirium. The Japanese carrier has asked lessors to submit proposals by 18 January. Source: Wikimedia CommonsAn ANA A321neo in March 2019 Cirium fleets data shows ANA has 14 A321neos in its in-service and stored fleet. Four of these are owned, ...

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Yokohama city flags against referendum on casino policy

A Yokohama city council committee has flagged its opposition to a draft ordinance proposing to trigger a community referendum on whether the metropolis (pictured) should pursue a casino resort, according to information collated by GGRAsia’s Japan correspondent. The council’s formal vote on the matter is via a plenary meeting on Friday (January 8). At Thursday’s meeting of a committee tasked with Yokohama’s general ...

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Nagasaki begins its RFP process

The Nagasaki Prefectural Government has launched its request for proposal (RFP) process and the requirements for the possible integrated resort (IR) operator have been published. Currently, the deadline for initial screening is set for 28 January.  There are several major contenders for the upcoming IR, including Casinos Austria, Oshidori International, Pixel Companyz, and a consortium involving Current Corporation, Get Nice Holdings, and Sofitel Ponte 16. Three ...

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Jan 28 deadline for Nagasaki casino RFP: local govt

Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture began on Thursday – as pledged – its request-for-proposal (RFP) process regarding the possibility of getting a casino resort there. January 28 is the deadline for submitting application documents, with a resort operating partner to be chosen in “summer – autumn” this year,  and any resort built, to open in the “mid- to late-2020s,” according to a memo released by the prefecture’s ...

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Nagasaki officially launches RFP to find the best casino partner

Things are starting to get serious in the race to add integrated resorts (IR) to Japan’s landscape. After many delays, the country anticipates having its final guidelines in place this year and top contending cities and prefectures are busy preparing their own, local frameworks. The first out of the gate is the Nagasaki prefecture, which has officially launched its Request-For-Proposal (RFP) period ...

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Nagasaki Gets Three More Entries for RFP and IR Bids

IN SUMMARY:Three new anonymous companies have entered the race for the right to build an integrated resort in Nagasaki.The companies are reportedly two US-based and one Asia-based entities, with some suggesting entries from previous Hokkaido bidders.The RFP process is due to begin tomorrow and it will continue through April 2022. Ahead of its Request for Proposal (RFP) due to begin ...

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Three new candidates set to participate in Nagasaki RFP

The race to develop an integrated resort license in Nagasaki is heating up with at least three new contenders indicating they will take part in the prefecture’s Request for Proposal when it launches this week. According to a report by Nagasaki Shimbun, the three candidates are in addition to the four known contenders: Oshidori International Holdings, Casinos Austria, Pixel Companyz in ...

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Three foreign ops join the mix for Nagasaki IR tilt: report

The Nagasaki Shimbun newspaper has reported that “at least three” foreign casino resort operators, described as “mid-sized”, have expressed interest in taking part in the Japanese prefecture Nagasaki’s tilt at having such a facility. Two are said to be based in the United States and one in Asia, according to the report. GGRAsia approached the prefecture seeking comment on the report, ...

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MGM Japan, Macau ambition review if Entain deal says, broker

Were an US$11 billion-plus deal to go through for casino operator MGM Resorts International to transform its business model by acquiring online betting conglomerate Entain Plc, it could lead the MGM brand to take a smaller role in a land-based casino resort in Japan, and long-term could even see the MGM parent divest its interest in Macau casino licensee MGM China ...

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Three new candidates seeking Nagasaki IR license

At least three foreign casino resort operators have expressed an interest in the integrated resort (IR) licence in Nagasaki, according to Japanese newspaper Nagasaki Shimbun. The prefecture’s Request for Proposal (RFP) is set to launch on 7 January 2021, with four candidates already in line to take part; Casinos Austria, Oshidori International Holdings, Pixel Companyz, and a consortium comprising Current ...

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Nagasaki to start casino RFP January 7, says governor

Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture will start on January 7 its request-for-proposal (RFP) process regarding the possibility of getting a casino resort there, says governor Hodo Nakamura (pictured in a file photo). He made the comment at a regular media briefing on Friday, according to information collated by GGRAsia’s Japan correspondent. In early December, the prefecture had confirmed to GGRAsia that it ...

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Nagasaki Prefecture to initiate RFP stage of its casino plan from January 7

In Japan and the government for Nagasaki Prefecture has reportedly announced that it will be launching the request for proposal (RFP) stage of its effort to secure one of the nation’s coming trio of integrated casino resort licenses from January 7. According to a Sunday report from Inside Asian Gaming, the southern jurisdiction unveiled the start date via an official Christmas Day press conference as it ...

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RFP for an Integrated Resort in Nagasaki to Start on Jan 7

A request for a proposal for an integrated resort will launch on January 7, 2021, revealed the Prefecture in Nagasaki, Japan. With the RFP launch, Nagasaki would become the third Prefecture to initiate the process, following Osaka and Wakayama. IN SUMMARY: Nagasaki Prefecture revealed that it will launch its request for a proposal for an integrated resort on January 7, ...

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Nagasaki to launch RFP on 7 January

Nagasaki Prefecture has announced that it will launch its Request for Proposal (RFP) on 7 January 2021, becoming the third of Japan’s four IR candidates to do so. At a press conference held on Christmas Day, Governor Hōdō Nakamura said the prefecture had decided to start its operator recruitment process as soon as possible after the national government released its Basic ...

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Tokyo still mulling pitch to host casino resort: governor

) as such schemes are known in Japan, taking into the consideration the “foundation policy” of the country’s government on the issue, says Yuriko Koike (pictured in a file photo), governor of the national capital. Her comments came following the confirmation on Friday of the national basic policy on IRs, according to information collated by GGRAsia’s Japan correspondent. In October, a number ...

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Nagasaki open to fresh IR-partner candidates, says official

Authorities in Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture are communicating with casino operators not previously in the direct orbit of the metropolis, with a view to possibly boosting the number of contenders for its upcoming request-for-proposal (RFP) process regarding getting a casino resort there, a Nagasaki official has confirmed to GGRAsia. “We cannot comment about where the operators are from, but Nagasaki prefecture is ...

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Osaka Integrated Resort Request for Proposal Plan Starting Anew in January

Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, will restart its request for proposal (RFP) outreach for integrated resort operators in January after delaying the process in June because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Dontonbori Canal in Osaka, seen here. The Japanese city is restarting its RFP process for a casino-resort in January. Clarity is finally merging on the city’s plans to work with ...

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Osaka confirms January launch for IR request-for-proposal process

As Japan’s government still plans on moving forward with its integrated resort (IR) expansion next year, after having been forced to put everything on hold because of COVID-19, one of the primary areas to host a casino resort is getting ready. Osaka will, once again, try to get its request-for-proposal (RFP) process off the ground starting in January and the prefecture is now ...

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Osaka to restart casino RFP process in Jan: local govt

The prefectural authorities in Osaka, Japan, now say they will restart in January a request-for-proposal (RFP) process for identifying potential private-sector partners for the local tilt at hosting a casino complex, or integrated resort (IR), as they are known in that country. At that time the Osaka authorities will also announce their revised local implementation policy for an IR. The new timetable was ...

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Nagasaki eyes January for IR RFP, will reach decision by next fall

If things had gone according to plan, Japan’s integrated resort (IR) market would have been in its advanced stage of development already. However, launching a new industry in the country is proving to be a Herculean task that has seen several unexpected obstacles thrown at it. Politicians allegedly accepting bribes and a pesky little virus that won’t go away have forced the country to ...

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Nagasaki January start on casino RFP, partner by autumn

Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture intends to start in January 2021 a request-for-proposal (RFP) process to identify possible private-sector partners for the local government’s tilt at hosting a casino resort. That is according to a fresh timetable announced on Wednesday by the local authorities. Between summer and autumn next year, the Nagasaki authorities hope to have selected a partner for an integrated ...

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