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Groupe Lucien Barriere Showcases Interest in Wakayama; Announces Jean Reno as Brand Ambassador

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Groupe Lucien Barriere firmly showcased their interest in the development of an integrated resort in Wakayama Prefecture on Tuesday, 14 May with a variety of press events focused around Wakayama City. This included the launch of the group’s first Japan-based offices, a formal statement on their commitment to Wakayama Prefecture and the announcement of Hollywood actor Jean Reno as their brand ambassador.

The day began with a morning ribbon cutting ceremony to formally launch the group’s first Japanese office in Wakayama City. Attended by approximately 50 local business leaders, the ceremony included the formal ribbon cutting by Mr. Alexandre Desseigne-Barriere, Mr. Jonathan Strock, Mr. Jean Reno and Mr. Naohisa Kashihata of the Wakayama Chamber of Commerce.

The office opening was proceeded by a press conference held at the Marina City Hotel. During the conference, Mr. Desseigne-Barriere presented the background of his family’s company and their experiences in the development of destination integrated resorts. Mr. Strock proceeded to discuss the company’s commitment to Wakayama Prefecture and its citizens, noting that of all the locations reviewed within Japan, the group felt Wakayama was most in line with their brand direction and overall IR plan for the country. Finally, it was announced that Mr. Jean Reno of Hollywood fame will be the be the group’s brand ambassador for the project. Mr. Reno mentioned his love for Japan and his desire to return regularly to Wakayama City as the project proceeds. The group then proceeded to watch the famed Tuna Cutting performance offered by Marina City’s Kuroshio Market, where Mr. Reno was able to get a close-up view after being brought up on stage to witness the event.

The day concluded with a visit to the Wakayama Prefectural Office and a meeting with Governor Nisaka, where the group re-affirmed their commitment to the people of Wakayama and introduced the Governor to Mr. Reno.

The day’s events were captured by a wide array of media, including local Wakayama, Kansai-Region and even Tokyo media in attendance.

The group will have a second press event on Friday, 17 May in Tokyo at the Japan Gaming Congress aimed at promoting a similar message to local and national media outlets.

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Vietnam Police Bust $859 Million Online Gambling Ring

Niji Narayan

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Vietnam Police have busted an online gambling ring worth$859 million in northern Hung Yen Province, leading to 20 arrests.

Police seized several mobile phones, computers, SIM cards and around VND2 billion ($85,963) in cash as evidence. Authorities also froze over 100 bank accounts involved in the case.

The ring, operating millions of accounts since 2018, is the largest in Hung Yen yet uncovered, provincial police said.

Among the arrests, Le Tuan Vinh, 32, Tran Thi Ngan, 30, Hoang Van Tan, 32 and Hoang Van Nham, 28, are considered the masterminds.

The four masterminds managed five level-one agencies via five different gambling websites, with its server located outside Vietnam.

Each website would have around 20 level-one agencies assigned to it and each level-one agency would have dozens of level-two agencies below, all spread across the country.

These agencies display gamblers’ personal info like phone numbers or social media accounts publicly, so that players can get in touch with each other and perform transactions. The investigation is ongoing.

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Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi Keen to Publish IR Implementation Policy in August

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Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has issued a statement urging the central government to push ahead with releasing its basic policy on IRs so the candidate city can stick to its own IR schedule.

Commenting at a city council meeting on the fact that Yokohama is yet to publish its own implementation policy, Hayashi said, “I believe the central government knows that Yokohama would like to make its announcement in August.

“In principle, if the government publishes [the basic policy], we can make the August schedule. But if the country cannot issue its basic policy, we will have to rethink this.”

Currently, the application period for candidate locations and operators to submit their bids to the central government is set for January to July 2021.

The mayor described this as a “really tough schedule,” suggesting there could be further delay to the city’s implementation policy draft.

In April, Yokohama postponed its implementation policy publication from June to August to prioritise measures against the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Hayashi commented that changing the schedule was not ideal considering the implications for the operators, but did not go as far as requesting a schedule change from the central government.

Kazuyoshi Akaba, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, said in a press conference that, “[confirmation from each local government has been obtained] and currently none of the local administrations are saying that it poses an obstacle.

“The basic policy draft will be decided in consultation with the relevant ministries and agencies. Currently discussions with the Casino Administration Committee have yet to reach a conclusion.”

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Kazakh President Signs Amendments to Law on Gambling Industry

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Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has signed the law “On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Gambling.” Bookmakers will be moved to Kapshagay and Schuchinsk gambling zones.

Earlier it was reported that the government of Kazakhstan wanted to create three new game zones in the country, however, deputies of the Parliament abandoned this idea and excluded this rule from the draft law. Now all bookmakers will be moved to the two existing gaming zones – Kapshagay and Schuchinsk.

In order to have information about the players, they will create a unified betting centre in the country and the player’s relatives will be able to limit the right to place bets appealing to court. All bets received by the bookmaker in cash or through electronic payment systems should be accounted in a single monitoring centre.

A single accounting of all payments received by the bookmakers will eliminate the shadow turnover, increase tax collection and simplify control. A database of players will contribute to the introduction of universal declaration, the introduction of a procedure for limiting and self-restricting a client from betting and will also strengthen measures to fight money laundering related to crime and the financing of terrorism.

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