Obstacles Await US Casino Operators Eyeing Japan

Law360, New York (September 30, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT) -- Proposals to introduce large casinos in Japan have existed for more than a decade, but the country’s recent successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics has given the idea real legs. U.S. and international casino operators are eager to jump into the lucrative market, but face a number of regulatory, financial and other hurdles, gaming experts say.

Talks of a gaming expansion have heightened in recent weeks, with Tokyo recently winning the rights host the 2020 Summer Games. Add the backing of the ruling party in...
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