Nagasaki has emerged as a favorite of several gambling operators and developers as it announced to contend the race to host a casino in Japan.
Austrian casino operator, Casinos Austria International (CAI) has already demonstrated its interest in a casino license to develop a casino in the Nagasaki prefecture.
The company’s CEO Christoph Zurucker-Burda announced over the weekend that they would be the first to submit a business plan for the prospective casino. He had already visited the prefecture’s prospective casino site at Huis Ten Bosch.
“Nagasaki is ideal for our goal of entering the market through a unique region,” Zurucker-Burda said. “We envision an IR with a variety of elements including cultural, music and medical.” The company’s final investment budget is still in the planning stages.
Nagasaki has announced to launch its Request For Proposal (RFC) on 1 November. Following the submission of business proposals for the casino resort, a public hearing will be scheduled during the first half of 2020.
According to a survey conducted by the Japan Tourism Agency, there are eight contenders who have been wanting to host a casino.
Revealing the findings of the survey report, Kazuyoshi Akaba, the Tourism Minister of Japan, said that eight areas are Hokkaido, the city of Chiba, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, a combined effort by Osaka Prefecture and the city of Osaka, Wakayama Prefecture and Nagasaki Prefecture.
While the fight for a casino license in Japan would be fierce both amongst the gambling operators vying for a license and cities contending to host one of the three casinos which would be allowed in the first phase, Japanese people do not favor the plan to allow casinos in the country.
A Jiji opinion survey has found that about 60 percent of the Japanese are not in favor of the casino gambling industry and that their major concern is public security.
The majority of people believe that allowing casinos in the country would pose a threat to public security.
The survey found that 57.9 pct of the participants disagreed with the plan, while only 26.6 pct agreed with it.
62.8 percent said they would back the establishment of such a facility in their local areas, while 29.0 pct said they would not.