Japan IR push faces new hurdles

The Japan IR push continues to stumble along the way.
The Japan IR push continues to stumble along the way.

Amid a corruption scandal, the Japan IR industry seems to be unappealing for most locals, as 64% respondents of a poll want to freeze its development.

Japan.- A corruption scandal seems to have been the last thing the gaming industry needed as it nears the country. The Japan IR segment was getting closer but is now at its worst acceptance rates.

An Asahi Shinbum survey showed that the local population is now reluctant towards the industry. Out of the respondents in the January 25-26 telephone survey, 64% think Japan should freeze its IR plans. Still, 20% of respondents favoured moving forward on it.


A corruption scandal shook Japan regarding a casino developer and politicians who took bribes recently. That sparked some doubt about the potential delay of the Japan IR plans amid the development of new policies. However, no delays seem to be ahead, according to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The PM stated the bribery scandal is “very regrettable”, but seems to be sure it won’t impact on their plans. According to the official, the Japan IR policy would still be pursued.

“Integrated resorts involve international conference and exhibition halls as well as large hotels. They are entertainment facilities that families will enjoy. Therefore, help Japan become a country of advanced tourism,” Mr Abe said as quoted by Kyodo News.

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