Gaming

Japan’s Central Government Validates Revised Osaka’s IR District Development Plan

As reported by Inside Asian Gaming and GGRAsia, the implementation contract for the construction of the Osaka’s first integrated resort (IR), created by consortium of MGM Resorts and Osaka Prefecture, has been officially validated by Japan’s central government. Additionally, this contract clears the way for a formal contract, which will be officially signed during the month. Approval: The official validation

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Blockchain

Japan’s FSA Unveils Financial Policy Focus for 2023:

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) released its financial administrative policy for the fiscal year 2023 on August 29, outlining key areas of focus. The policy aims to ensure that Japan’s economic activities and public life remain stable amidst changing socio-economic conditions and are geared towards future growth.  The agency is also committed to creating a financial system that balances economic

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ARVR

Defend the Earth in a new immersive SPACE INVADERS gameDefend the Earth in a new immersive SPACE INVADERS gameSenior Product Manager

In honor of the 45th anniversary of the iconic game “SPACE INVADERS,” we partnered with TAITO, the game’s developer, and Unit9 to transform the world into a playground — thanks to augmented reality (AR). “SPACE INVADERS: World Defense,” a mobile game on Android and iOS, invites players from around the world to get outside and defend the Earth. Space Invaders

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Gaming

Record Loan for Osaka’s First IR, Banks Reconsider Their Involvement

Osaka’s casino resort is the first in more ways than one. Not only will it be the first integrated casino resort in the whole of Japan, but now it has secured the highest-ever loan of JPY550 billion (US$4.1 billion).  Many banks are involved: The government discussed this loan for almost a year. It was finally approved, but some banks that considered

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Gaming

Fight to Death in Play’n GO’s New Release Ronin’s Honour

A warrior is worthless unless he rises above others and stands strong in the midst of a storm. Welcome to ancient Japan. The storm, fight, and action await in the newest Play’n GO release, Ronin’s Honour. Captivating gameplay: This newest addition to the company’s portfolio of premium slot games leads you on the adventure with The Ronin, a warrior and

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Gaming

Japan Expected to Approve Osaka for Country’s First Casino-Resort

The Japanese government is readying to approve a proposal to construct the nation’s first casino-resort with a build targeted for 2029. warming to the idea as the country is backing off of travel restrictions The plan, submitted by Osaka Prefecture, will see the casino land right in Osaka, Japan’s third-most populous city. Policymakers are finally warming to the idea as

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Blockchain

Japanese Tech and Finance Giants Launch Japan Metaverse Economic Zone

Several Japanese tech and finance giants have signed a document to create the Japan Metaverse Economic Zone, a multipurpose virtual universe that will have its base in a platform called Ryugukoku. The virtual world will allow these companies to share their technology with users as it lets them roam this role-playing-game-like world as online avatars. Japan Goes Big on Metaverse

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Blockchain

FTX Japan Loses Thousands of Users After Resuming Withdrawals

Following the resumption of withdrawals on February 21st, the Japanese unit of the defunct cryptocurrency company FTX has stated that thousands of customers have transferred their business elsewhere. FTX Japan said in a statement made on February 22 that customers of both the exchange and those at Liquid Global had withdrawn around 6.6 billion yen (which was equivalent to approximately

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Blockchain

Tech Giant Globant Believes the Metaverse Will Have Its Make or Break Moment in 2023

Globant, a Luxembourg-based tech giant with Argentine origins, has referred to the short-term future of the metaverse in its latest Tech Trends report. According to the company, this year the metaverse will “burn bright or burn out,” as it needs to show its potential when compared to other trendsetting tech like artificial intelligence. Metaverse at a Decisive Moment, According to

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Fintech

Rakuten Bank targets April for its Tokyo IPO

Asia’s fintech industry needs a win following a string of disasters in global public markets. Rakuten Bank, the largest internet bank in Japan, could revive the sector’s fortunes if its IPO, now planned for April, is a success and if the stock trades well in the secondary market. For investment bankers, though, Rakuten’s domestic listing would only represent one step

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Blockchain

VC, seeking tech gorillas, prepares for digital IPO

A Tokyo-based venture-capital firm still raising capital for its debut fund called Nemesis Technologies is creating a business model that it hopes will enable to launch unit shares in the fund on a digital-asset exchange, and thereby make it available to retail investors. Pierre Mauriès, the founder of Nemesis, and a veteran of Carlyle Group as well as PwC’s tech

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Gaming

Travel restrictions ahead of Chinese New Year impact Chinese gambling destinations

Beijing states that various countries are ”taking discriminatory entry restriction measures targeting China” after the country saw a rapid decline in COVID-19 cases and opened up to foreign countries. Chinese governmental authorities announced that the country would “take reciprocal measures” in cases of foreigners’ entries into China. Post-COVID Chinese travelers are now facing entry restrictions in destination countries despite Chinese

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Blockchain

Square Enix to Deepen Its Blockchain Efforts in 2023

Square Enix, the Japanese gaming giant, is preparing to announce more blockchain-based titles in 2023. As part of a now traditional new year’s letter issued by Yosuke Matsuda, CEO of the company, the executive announced some of the moves Square Enix will make regarding blockchain tech, and also pondered several situations which surrounded blockchain in 2022. Square Enix Reflects on

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ARVR

Bring iconic Japanese characters to life with AR in SearchBring iconic Japanese characters to life with AR in SearchGoogle Japan

We all need a bit of escapism sometimes, and there’s nothing like a blast from the pop-culture past to do the trick. Today, we’re bringing characters from classic Japanese anime, games and TV shows to life — from Pac-Man to Hello Kitty — with augmented reality (AR) in Search.  Japan’s anime and video game culture emerged between the 1950s and

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