Asia round-up: Osaka & Nagasaki casinos face delay; Ronnie O’Sullivan signs deal

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Screening process for Osaka & Nagasaki casinos may delay opening 

Japan’s land ministry has said it will be difficult for it to decide by the end of 2022 whether to approve the proposals of the Osaka and Nagasaki prefectures to host casino resorts. 

As a result, the ministry has said it will likely have to delay the planned openings of such casinos, which were set to be opened in 2029 (Osaka) and 2027 (Nagasaki). 

The Osaka and Nagasaki Prefectures in western Japan are seeking to facilitate the construction and operation of integrated resorts, which will comprise large hotels, conference rooms and gambling areas. 

Both had expected to receive approval for the construction of such results this autumn, but the prolongation of the screening process for both casino destinations between the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is still taking place.  

As we move into winter, the approval of both casino resorts has been delayed, meaning construction plans will have to be pushed back until the screening process has been completed.  

Resort plans were first presented to the Ministry in April, which outlines the location and layout of facilities and expenditure. 

Osaka’s plans for an integrated resort have been hit by issues related to land subsidence and soil contamination, while Nagasaki has faced questions over the feasibility of its funding plan. 

Early this year, a minister for Japan’s main opposition – the Constitutional Democratic Party – said it practically “seemed quite difficult” to put casino construction plans into action.  

Ronnie O’Sullivan signs Brand Ambassador deal with We1Win 

Professional snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan has signed a deal with We1Win to become an Official Brand Ambassador. 

Early this year, a minister for Japan’s main opposition – the Constitutional Democratic Party – said it practically “seemed quite difficult” to put casino construction plans into action

The seven-times World Snooker Champion confirmed the partnership on Twitter, saying he was delighted to sign with the company, adding the words ‘Stay tuned!’ 

He posted a photograph of himself signing the contract with We1Win, which describes itself as the ‘biggest online entertainment platform in Southeast Asia.’ 

The group noted that the Brand Ambassador agreement between the two parties is for the year 2022/2023. 

O’Sullivan adds We1Win to his list of partnerships, with the snooker player already a Brand Ambassador for ROKiT, Eurosport and BCE Riley. 

And earlier this year, global sports betting and casino provider Delasport signed O’Sullivan as its new Brand Ambassador, with the snooker player featuring in an integrated campaign across online and offline media, as well as wearing the group’s sponsorship patch in major tournaments. 

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