Japan mulls 6-12 month delay over Nagasaki IR timeline

The Japanese government is pondering the extension period for proposals of IR developments in the country

The Nagasaki Prefectural Government has told its prefectural assembly that the national timeline, which is the period during which local governments could deliver their IR proposals will likely be delayed by 6-12 months. 

Japan’s Current Corp, a Japan unit of Casinos Austria International Holding GmbH and Hong Kong-listed Oshidori International Holdings Ltd are the three companies participating in Nagasaki prefecture’s request-for-concept (RFC) process for an IR scheme and were initially due to submit their applications to the central government on January-July of 2021. 

10 Tours and Spots to Enjoy Tokyo's Night Scenery | tsunagu JapanHowever, the licensing application period will be pushed back to late 2021 or the first half of 2022 due to the delay that is caused by the repeated failure of the local government to issue the final version of the IR Basic Plan in apart from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In late December, Nagasaki prefecture indicated in a draft that it was looking for an IR investment to a maximum of about JPY550 billion (US$5 billion) and has earmarked land on a circa 31-hectare (76.6-acre) site at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo city, and has yet to be approved by Japan’s central government. 

The Nagasaki authorities further added, according to a survey conducted by the prefecture among casino operators, a large majority of the businesses contacted supported Nagasaki’s decision to pause its request-for-proposal (RFP) process for a tilt at hosting a casino resort. 

The new prime ministerYoshihide Suga has been closely involved with Japan’s IR legislation and policy making and expressed publicly that he intends to push the process forward. 

During Monday's meeting Nagasaki prefecture also announced their intention of setting up a body to develop measures to tackle potential social issues namely related with gambling addiction, safety and security arising from the opening of a casino resort in the prefecture. 

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