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Gaming Standards Association to open a branch in Japan

Thu, Mar 14, 9:32am by Staff Writer

The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) are a specialist technical advisor regarding electronic gaming machine technology and digital infrastructure for the casino and betting industries.

It says it has extends its reach to Japan by establishing a branch there, in an effort to offer information about the gaming industry and assist in educating stakeholders about the technical aspects and regulations of the industry.

The association said Japan’s casino industry would eventually help create a “highly competitive” offering in the international tourism market.

A statement from the GSA said that Japan might wish to make use of GSA’s expertise as the country moves towards finalising the sites and infrastructure needed under the national government’s Integrated Resorts Implementation Act.

GSA president Peter DeRaedt said that, “for more than 20 years GSA has brought together the industry and policy domains and successfully facilitated discussions leading to the creation of a number of key standards that provide an important level of transparency to governments, regulators, operators and manufacturers.

As reported by GGR Asia, the new managing director of GSA Japan Kaji Takeshi was quoted in the document as saying the association would help support development of the local casino industry.

“The Japanese government stipulates that casinos are developed using the world’s highest standards of regulation to guarantee the integrity of casino management, along with its supporting system to avoid any possible adverse side effects,” Mr Takeshi said.

Industry observers have suggested that the Japanese casino market is likely to feature a sizeable slot machine segment, compared to other Asian markets that are dominated by table games, especially baccarat.

It added: “while table games are expected to be popular [in Japan, we] believe that slot machines will have a far more prominent place in Japanese integrated resorts than other Asian markets.”

Revenue at MOP3.24 billion in first quarter of 2017

In the first quarter of 2017, slot machine revenue as a proportion of all casino gross gaming revenue in Macau stood at 5.1 per cent or MOP3.24 billion.

At the end of March, there were a total of 6,423 licensed live-dealer gaming tables in the Macau market, and 16,018 slot machines.

Macau casino operators are subject to a cap imposed by the city’s government regarding the number of new-to-market tables.

The table cap aims to limit the increase in live-dealer table numbers to 3 per cent compound annual expansion until the end of 2022, from a base of 5,485 tables recorded at the end of the fourth quarter in 2012.

On July 20, 2018, the “integrated resorts” law was passed, offering casinos along with hotels, entertainment and conference facilities.

The legislation creates a framework for the operation of casino resorts, following up on the integrated-resort promotion law of December 2016.

An initial three casino licenses will be issued with a 30 per cent gaming tax to be paid to the central and local governments.

Gaming areas are limited to three per cent of less of the total resort floor space.

Entry will be free to international visitors but cost US$50 for residents of Japan, who will also be limited to three visits a week and 10 per month.

Following this legislation and talks of an official bidding process for destination cities being imminent, policies have been announced for how gambling operators will be allowed to advertise in Japan.

All advertisements for casino activity will only be allowed in the international terminals of the country’s airports and seaports.

Locations such as railways, buses and tourist information centres are strictly off limits to gambling ads.

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