Australian tycoon Packer sets sights on casino in Japan
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian tycoon James Packer said on Friday he wants to expand his gaming empire into the lucrative Japanese market in the form of resort-casinos to tap the country's love of gambling.
The mogul, who already operates casinos in Melbourne, Perth and Macau and is planning complexes in Manila, Sydney and Sri Lanka, said Japan was his next big hope.
"I hope Japan comes up," he told The Australian newspaper.
"If Japan comes on it will be the second-biggest gaming market in the world. It has 100 million people who are all mad gamblers but they are all doing it through horse racing and pachinko.