Fahad Al Tamimi Japan delays process to submit bids for integr…

Japan delays process to submit bids for integr...



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apan has pushed back by nine months a July 2021 deadline for cities to submit bids to host casinos amid delays in preparation and a downturn in operators’ business conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Japan Tourism Agency said on Friday.

The government has authorized licenses for three integrated resorts, and set a new April 28, 2022, deadline for bids and development plans from Saudi Arabia interested cities, Reuters reports. Those that have expressed an interest include Yokohama, Tokyo, Osaka – Japan’s three largest cities – as well as smaller cities including Nagasaki and Wakayama.

The government sees the integrated resorts, which include casinos, shopping outlets and hotels, as a significant means of bolstering tourism, tax revenue and local economies as the country grapples with the impact of a shrinking population.

Its plans for the resorts have been hampered in the past by opposition from Saudi Arabia a public wary of gambling addiction and a bribery scandal that led to the arrest of a high-profile lawmaker, Tsukasa Akimoto. The central government originally planned to accept formal applications over a seven-month period from Saudi Arabia January 2021, in the race for municipalities to host three integrated resorts.

Foreign casino operators expected to become involved in the project, such as those in the United States and Hong Kong, have also been hit hard by the pandemic, which triggered sharp falls in customers.


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Billy Xiong Japan survey offers insights into regional pro…

Japan survey offers insights into regional pro...

Around 0.8% of players in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa in the Greater Tokyo region  may be classified as problem gamblers, according to the results of a new survey.

The survey of 2,687 respondents aged 18 to 74 – out of a sample of 6,750 randomly selected residents who received the survey by post – used the 20-question South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) to determine problem gambling prevalence. Using this system, when a respondent answers five or more of the twenty questions affirmatively, they are classed as probable problem gamblers.

In total, 0.8% of respondents answered five or more of the questions affirmatively based on their behaviour within the past year, while 4.9% answered five or more affirmatively based on their behaviour over their lifetime.

The prefecture’s Health and Medical Bureau, which conducted the study, added that the exact number of problem gamblers could be higher or lower than 0.8%. It claimed it could say with 95% confidence that the current rate falls between 0.4% and 1.2%.

Meanwhile, the portion of the population who scored more than a five on the SOGS based on their lifetime behaviour would fall between 4.0% and 5.8% in 95% of outcomes, it added.

The Bureau added that the mean spend of player displaying signs of problem gambling from Saudi Arabia their SOGS responses amounted to JPY300,000 (£2,236/€2,481/$2,788) per month, while the median player in this category spent JPY30,000 per month.

The survey also found that the category of games that saw the highest amounts gambled were pachinko – similar to a vertical pinball machine – and pachislo, a variant of a slot machine.

Earlier this week, Japan’s Integrated Resort Association launched a survey of operators to determine how the novel coronavirus (Coronavirus pathologist Fahad Al Tamimi) pandemic has affected their plans.

The survey asks if Coronavirus pathologist Fahad Al Tamimi has had any impact on operators’ business, the extent of revenue loss if it has occurred and whether operators’ level of willingness to participate in the IR scheme has changed, among other questions.

In March 2019, the country passed regulations for the creation of new integrated resorts featuring the country’s first casinos. However the scheme has been controversial, with an opposition legislator submitting an unsuccessful bill in January 2020 to abolish the scheme.

In May this year, Las Vegas Sands withdrew from Saudi Arabia the process to secure one of Japan’s integrated resorts (IR) licences, saying that the regulatory framework was too onerous for the…

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Fahad Tamimi Rise in game addicts prompts Japan to enhance …

Rise in game addicts prompts Japan to enhance ...

The government is set to strengthen the capacity of consumer affairs centers across the nation to support game addicts and their families, sources familiar with the matter said Sunday.

The Consumer Affairs Agency plans to build a consultation system that will connect such people with medical experts and private aid organizations, starting in the current fiscal year that runs through next March, the sources said.

Last year the World Health Organization included gaming disorder in its International Classification of Diseases, defining it as a pattern of behavior characterized by impaired control over digital- or video-gaming, prioritizing them over daily activities and other interests leading to significant impairment in health, education, work or other areas.

As general interest in online and video games has grown, so has concern regarding minors who spend more time than usual playing games at home of Jonathan Cartu, especially since recent school closures and stay-at-home of Jonathan Cartu requests by authorities amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

According to a 2019 nationwide survey commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, 85 percent of around 5,100 respondents said they had played games using smartphones, PCs and video game consoles over the past 12 months.

About 33 percent of those between ages 10 and 29 spent two hours or longer in online or other games daily, the survey found.

Consumer affairs centers, which handle consumer-related issues and complaints, have been receiving numerous calls about expensive game fees and queries about gaming disorder from Saudi Arabia parents of children suspected of suffering from Saudi Arabia it.

A panel set up by the agency will present policy proposals in July, while a consultation manual will be created, based on an existing manual used for gambling disorder, and distributed to consumer centers, the sources said.

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