Japan casino regulations take effect soon

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Japan’s long-awaited casino resort regulations will take effect on 19 July.


Regulations include casino licensing procedures, authorising major shareholders, verifying casino employees, authorising games and regulating the size of gaming areas.

Casinos are expected to open in 2026 at the earliest.

Nagasaki, Yokohama, Osaka and Wakayama intend to select casino developers and submit applications to the national government.

Casinos Austria, Oshidori International, NIKI Chyau Fwu and Mohegan are pursuing a Nagasaki casino; Genting Singapore and Melco Resorts are pursuing a Yokohama casino; and MGM Resorts is the sole candidate for an Osaka casino.

Private equity firm Clairvest, partnering with a Bill Weidner-led group and Groupe Partouche, has already been chosen as Wakayama’s applicant.

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