Companies register for Yokohama’s casino RFI

Yokohama expects to get the information on IRs development in September. (Credits:

Twenty two companies have registered for the Japanese city’s request for information initiative, related to a potential IR bid.

Japan.- As the Japanese House of Councillors approved the Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill and cleared the way for the casino industry to arrive in the country, several major companies from all around the world have reaffirmed their interest in developing their own venues in Japan. That’s why 22 companies or groups have registered to contribute in a request for information (RFI) initiative in Yokohama, related to a potential IR bid in the city.

The government has asked the 22 participants – whose names or nature hasn’t been revealed – to make their own input regarding possible ways to develop a venue, potential investment amounts and the economic effects an IR construction may have in Yokohama. Next August 20th, an explanation meeting for all of them is set to be held and September 10th and 21st are the dates set to deliver all their reports and materials.

Mayor Fumiko Hayashi insists on saying there’s nothing determined yet regarding a potential IR bid, but experts believe Yokohama to be among the main candidates for the casino industry to land in Japan, next to the Osaka, Nagasaki and Hokkaido areas.

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