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“Secret agreement” between Kantei and U.S. administration lies behind movement of Caesars personnel to Las Vegas Sands

  • November 1, 2019
  • , Sentaku , p. 98
  • JMH Translation

Japanese staff members of a leading U.S. casino company have moved to a similar entity that aims to enter the Japanese casino market.


In August this year, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, a premier U.S. casino company, suddenly announced it would withdraw from the Japanese market. After the announcement, Yusuke Watanabe, who was in charge of the company’s casino business in Japan, and other Japanese staff members reportedly “moved” to the Japanese arm of Las Vegas Sands. The move seems to substantiate a rumor that “it has already been informally decided that Las Vegas Sands will operate the casino in the Kanto region.” As even the selection of locations for integrated resorts has yet to start, such an explicit move of personnel is said to be evidence of, in the words of a source connected with the tourism industry, “a secret agreement between the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei] and the Trump administration.” This has a greater dark side than the Moritomo Gakuen school scandal in a sense, but the source said, “The matter will continue to be taboo, and the Sands will eventually be the casino operator [in the Kanto region].


Hideki Takai, who was special secretary to former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, is also involved in the Japanese arm of Las Vegas Sands. The first casino in Japan will likely to start under the leadership of these people.

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