With Japan poised to become the world’s third-largest casino gambling market, there are several contenders wanting to host a casino in the country.
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.
He also said that the country’s tourism agency will interview officials from the eight prefectures planning to host an integrated casino resort. The Japan Tourism Agency will also confirm the status of their preparations.
All top gambling operators across the globe are vying for a casino license in Japan. Recently, reports emerged that MGM Resorts is the top contender for a casino license in Osaka Prefecture.
According to a recent report from Sanford Bernstein, the Japanese casino market will generate $8 billion in gross gaming revenues annually. As such, it would be the third-largest casino gambling market globally, slightly smaller than the Nevada casino market which grossed about $11 billion in revenue in 2018.
Macau remains the biggest casino gambling market in the world.