Japan's integrated resorts - head(wind)s or tail(wind)s

Its long journey to having casinos is well on the way, but municipal and federal politics, and a complicated two-step bidding process, promise a byzantine road to completion

After an arduous passage of time, the shadow of integrated resorts (IRs) looms large in Japan as the race for three heralded casino licences heats up.

Two decades in the making, Japan's IR ambitions precede Singapore's, and the 10th anniversary of the island state's two resorts in 2020 may see the first IR licences awarded in Japan.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2018, with the headline 'Japan's integrated resorts - head(wind)s or tail(wind)s'. Print Edition | Subscribe