Despite the non-existent casino industry, the Asian casino operator, Melco Resorts and Entertainment, has been making movements to build their influence in Japan.
Appointing Ako Shiraogawa as the president of their Japan branch, the company has also opened up two new offices, one in Tokyo and one in Osaka.
With this increased effort in integrating into Japan’s business and tourism sectors, as the company waits for a gaming licence there, the company has also become an official partner of Osaka in its bid for the 2025 World Expo.
The Expo is slated to last 185 days showcasing many ideas on how future design and technology will affect human life, attract 28-30 million visitors and be hosted on Yumeshima, directly opposite the site of the anticipated IR, if it wins the bid.
“Our approach of bringing together a team of Japanese advisors, architects and executives will ensure that we keep Japanese culture and heritage at the heart of anything we build, while our global IR expertise will ensure that anything we develop here can more than fulfil the government’s ambitions of establishing Japan’s newest world class tourist destination,” read a press statement from the company.