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Time For Japan To Ante Up On Casino Legalization by Muhammad Cohen

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Last month’s Japan Gaming Congress in Tokyo was fantastic in every sense of the word. Ticket sales were cut off at 500, and I gave my opening remarks as first day chairman of the first day to a standing room crowd. I presented on the Japan’s potential impact on the regional gaming market to end the conference a day later to a lot of different faces. Delegates seemed split roughly evenly between gaijin and Japanese, including national and local politicians, representatives of global casino operators, equipment makers, suppliers, bankers, builders, designers and anyone else that might want a role in multibillion dollar hospitality and entertainment developments in the world’s third largest economy. Bringing IRs to Japan is a dream project that inspires fantasies, including some that eventually must yield to realities for casino legalization to realize its enormous promise.

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