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U.S. firm selected as operator of possible casino in Osaka

  • September 29, 2021
  • , Asahi
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Asahi focused on a joint announcement made by the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments on Tuesday that a joint venture to be launched by MGM Resorts International and Orix Corp. will be the operator of an integrated resort featuring a casino that the local governments are seeking to attract. Governor Yoshimura told the press that Osaka will host the “world’s best integrated resort.”

 

Wakayama and Nagasaki, which are also interested in accommodating gambling facilities, have already selected Canadian and Austrian casino companies as operators, respectively. The three prefectures are planning to file with the central government official applications for their bids by the end of next April. The daily predicted that while Osaka will probably be given the green light, it remains uncertain whether the two other bids will be approved. It added that the momentum for opening casinos within the GOJ has been lost since Prime Minister Suga, who has been a leading proponent of the casino initiative, chose to resign following the August mayoral election in Yokohama, another potential location for hosting a gambling facility. The opposition mayoral candidate, who opposes casinos, defeated the candidate backed by the premier.

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