Mohegan was the first company to leave the city and is developing a resort in South Korea
Japan.- Although Hokkaido lawmakers confirmed on February that they are not fighting for one of the three IR licences up for grabs in Japan, some operators have been hoping the city change its mind but now they are closing offices.
According to Asian Gaming Brief, Rush Street Japan is following Mohegan and is closing its Tomakomai office by the end of this month and will consider other options.
The first company to close was Mohegan, that was really interested in the Hokkaido resort and opened an office less than two months ago and closed it in February. They changed plans and joined with Hanwha Corp to build its IR near Incheon.
“Although the outcome is not what we had hoped for, we understand the position of Governor Suzuki and respect his judgment regarding IR development in Hokkaido. We are especially grateful for the warm hospitality shown to us by the people of Hokkaido, our partners and our friends,” Mohegan CEO Mario Kontomerkos said in February.