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Tokyo Correspondent — Reuters

Your Reuters correspondent in Tokyo. Previously in Helsinki.

As Japan gambling bill dies, South Korea holds winning hand

reviewjournal.com — TOKYO/SEOUL - South Korea looks like the consolation prize as Japan's $15 billion casino dream fades, a setback for companies such as Las Vegas Sands Corp. that envisioned a new gaming hub rivaling Las Vegas in 2020. A bill that would have legalized casino gambling died when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament on Friday to call a snap election.

South Korea holds winning hand as Japan gambling bill dies

reuters.com — A bill that would have legalized casino gambling died when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament on Friday to call a snap election. That means lawmakers cannot pass regulatory legislation next year, making it highly unlikely any casinos will be ready in time to profit from tourists arriving for Japan's 2020 summer Olympics.

Sony aims for hefty jump in movie, TV revenue over three years

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/Yuya Shino Various lights are cast on a logo of Sony Corp on a podium during its high resolution audio products unveiling event in Tokyo September 25, 2014. Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai also told an investors conference that he plans to set mid-term growth targets for the whole company this business year.

Panasonic CEO says considering home appliance M&A in Europe

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/Toru Hanai Panasonic Corp's President Kazuhiro Tsuga poses in front of company logos after an interview with Reuters in Tokyo September 4, 2013. "We need a partner who understands the European market in the white goods segment," CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga, credited for leading the company's turnaround in the past few years, told Reuters in an interview.

Japan set to indefinitely postpone casino legalization, sources say

reviewjournal.com — TOKYO - Japanese lawmakers are set to indefinitely postpone legalizing casinos as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose cabinet has been hit by a series of scandals, lacks the political leverage to pass a bill this year, sources directly involved in the process said.

Japan set to indefinitely postpone casino legalization: sources

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/Yuya Shino/Files A logo of Japan casino school is seen as a dealer puts cards on a mock black jack casino table during a photo opportunity at an international tourism promotion symposium in Tokyo in this September 28, 2013 file photo.

Japan set to indefinitely postpone casino legalization: sources

news.yahoo.com — By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese lawmakers are set to indefinitely postpone legalizing casinos as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose cabinet has been hit by a series of scandals, lacks the political leverage to pass a bill this year, sources directly involved in the process said.

Tsunami-hit Miyagi mulls casino to hasten recovery

japantimes.co.jp — Business and political leaders in the northeast are betting on a casino as the brightest hope to speed reconstruction in a region battered by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Supporters of the plan for a casino near Sendai are not publicizing their efforts yet, because they expect strong opposition from residents on the grounds that a casino would exploit victims of the disaster.

Japan casino bill delayed again; resort opening could miss Olympics: sources

reuters.com — Authors of the casino bill previously planned to start discussions sometime around this week and vote on the bill in November. The delay will make it harder to enact the law by the end of this session of parliament on Nov 30, three people familiar with the process told Reuters on Wednesday.

Lawmakers in Japan's tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery

reuters.com — Supporters of the plan for a casino near the northeastern city of Sendai are not publicizing their efforts yet, as they expect strong opposition from residents on the grounds that a casino would exploit victims of the disaster. But they hope to campaign openly once lawmakers in Tokyo pass a measure to legalize casinos.
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Nov 16, 2014

RT @ReutersBiz: Japan third-quarter GDP unexpectedly shrinks, Abe seen delaying tax hike reut.rs/1xMzDyT

Nov 12, 2014

In case everyone didn't realise: snap election means all pending legislation (including casino bill) = dead bit.ly/10USLxz

Nov 10, 2014

RT @ReutersTech: Panasonic CEO says considering white goods M&A in Europe reut.rs/1yoDbW8

Nov 04, 2014

"If they can't pass it now, I doubt they'll ever be able..." Japan set to indefinitely postpone casino bill -sources reut.rs/1DZ7Lr2

Nov 04, 2014

.@jakeadelstein @JennLi123 one wishes such skeeviness could be blocked by meritocracy, empowerment like in Denmark: goo.gl/x2KPIo

Oct 31, 2014

RT @fjeronimo: Sony smartphone market share in Japan is down to 8% in 3Q14 from 19% a year ago, while Apple's is up to 52% in 3Q14 from 50% a year ago

Oct 31, 2014

BOJ Kuroda comments, often odd when translated: "'About 2 yrs' is a flexible concept..." "There were things I felt when seeing various data"

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