With Japan set to build three integrated resorts, operators cast eyes on potential $33.8 billion casino market

People walking across the landmark pedestrian crossing in Tokyo's Shibuya district, on April 6, 2019.
People walking across the landmark pedestrian crossing in Tokyo's Shibuya district, on April 6, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO - The operators of Singapore's two integrated resorts (IRs), which this month injected $9 billion in fresh investment, are also itching to place their bets on Japan in the race to enter the world's largest untapped casino gambling market.

Las Vegas Sands Corp and Genting Singapore, which run Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa respectively, are among at least eight suitors for the three IRs that Japan has allowed. Others include Macau's Melco Resorts & Entertainment and Las Vegas' MGM Resorts International.

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