Japan hosts Gaming Congress

JgC will be held in Tokyo on May 10th-11th 2018 at the Conrad, Tokyo.

Japan.- Industry professionals are all aware of the opportunities and challenges coming with the IR implementation bill in Japan. In light of this, the Japan Gaming Congress organizers, Clarion Gaming, have updated their agenda to echo current activities in the market. The revamped agenda will take a deeper look into the complexity of IRs, and the agenda will now consist of four themes.

The first theme will be IR Non-Gaming Amenities. This will look at incorporating entertainment into Japanese IRs, how to facilitate an international market and taking a global perspective, where attendees will see a showcase of non-gaming innovation in the U.S., Singapore and elsewhere. Speakers for this theme already include Nick McCabe, CEO of Hakkasan Group and Yoshiyuki Oshita, Chief Director for Mitsubushi Research & Consulting.

The second theme to be discussed is IR Economics. This will look into the opportunities for local businesses and communities, and the Economic impact on Japan versus the rest of Asia. Speakers confirmed for this theme include Mimi Koga, President of Japan Poker Union, Chris Gordon, President of Wynn Resorts Development and Koji Ishikawa, Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig.

The third theme is Innovating Tourism. This will look at selecting, financing and building in the right location from the government’s perspective, and supplier conversations, where panellists will discuss how to understand target players, responsible gaming and the Japanese cultural influences effect on design and content. Speakers confirmed for this theme include Angus Cole, Principal of Clairvest Group, Michael Mecca, President of Galaxy Entertainment Group and Tom Niemna, VP of Marketing for JCM Global.

The fourth and final theme is, IR – A Vision for the Future. This will look into new technologies, how to capitalize on the gaming culture, and payment systems as well as cryptocurrencies. Speakers confirmed include Earle Hall, CEO of AXESNetwork, with more confirming this week.

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