Nagasaki to launch casino RFP on January 7

Nagasaki anticipates that in 2023 would come the formalisation of the IR agreement between the prefecture and the operator.

prefecture will start on January 7 its request-for-proposal process regarding the possibility of getting a there, says governor Hodo Nakamura.

In the latest briefing, Hodo Nakamura mentioned that the local governments must select a private sector partner, and then apply to the national government for the right to host one.

In early December, the prefecture had confirmed that it was communicating with casino operators not previously in the direct orbit of the metropolis, with a view to possibly boosting the number of contenders for integrated resort plan.

Three contenders that declared interest prior to the pandemic and in the summer respectively reaffirmed it are: ’s Current Corp; a unit of Casinos Austria International Holdings GmbH; and Hong Kong-listed Oshidori International Holdings Ltd.

Nagasaki is one of the most advanced regions in Japan in terms of garnering public support for the idea of casino resort, says the governor.

Mindful of the new national-level timetable, Nagasaki’s latest schedule will be as follows: summer to autumn, 2021, selection of an operator and then conclusion of the foundation agreement between the prefecture and the selected firm.

After that, from summer 2021 to the start of winter that year, will be the establishment of a local IR development plan.

Then in spring 2022, will come  resolution of the IR development plan by both the prefectural government and Sasebo city council, a local authority within the prefecture that is the proposed location for a Nagasaki IR. Soon after that, the prefecture would submit its plan to the national government.

Nagasaki then anticipates that in 2023 – assuming national-government approval –would come the formalisation of the IR implementation agreement between the prefecture and the IR operator.