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NEWS 13 December 2017
Japan Gaming Congress returns with a bang in 2018
By Caroline Watson
Back for its third year, the Japan Gaming Congress will be returning to Tokyo from May 10 -11 to host one of the largest events in Asia focusing on the gambling market.

The event is designed to specifically place a spotlight on the integrated resort industry, drawing attendance locally as well as from key international markets including Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore.

Lawrence Ho, Chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, has said: “With Japanese IRs nearing as an investment reality, there has never been a more exciting time to participate in the Japan Gaming Congress. We are very happy to return to this important forum and deepen our dialogue with local business partners and the industry at large, and with them, pioneering the future of entertainment in Japan.”

Hosted at the Conrad Tokyo, the Japan Gaming Congress is attended by key Japanese authorities, including figures from the central government and many more. Previous attendance included key members of Japan’s Leading Democratic Party (LDP) as well as officials from Hokkaido, Osaka, Wakayama, Nagasaki as well as traditionally non-gaming companies including; Hakkasan, JP Morgan, KPMG Japan, Goldman Sachs Tokyo, Ministry of Economy & Finance, just to name a few.

An advocate of JgC 2018, Tom Nieman, VP of Marketing, JCM Global said: "Japan Cash Machine is thrilled to welcome JgC to our home country. For decades, JCM has been honoured to create the world’s most secure gaming transaction equipment, and we are excited by the positive economic potential gaming could bring to Japan. We welcome JgC 2018, and see it as an ideal opportunity for leading companies to connect with our home market to create some of the world’s finest integrated resorts".

Hosted and run by Clarion Gaming, the event looks at a variety of topics, ranging from IR regulation, bills related to problem gambling, non-gaming entertainment amenities, business procurement and a heavy focus on setting realistic expectation on the impacts of the IR industry on local communities.

Rory Credland of Clarion Gaming states: “We are excited to bring the Japan Gaming Congress back for its third year running. The success of the last two events, coupled with the most recent election updates in Japan, show that the event continues to drive heavy interest from attendees both domestically in Japan and abroad within the gaming industry. We look forward to a conference full of valuable discussions from both industry and government leaders, as Japan looks forward to the future of IR development and entertainment within the country.”
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