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Hard Rock Joins Race for Japan Casino, Plans ‘Major Investment’

  • Tourism boom bodes well for integrated resorts, CEO says
  • Japanese lawmakers look to restart casino legalization debate
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Hard Rock Eyes 'Major Investment' in Japan

Hard Rock Cafe International Inc. is prepared to make a “major investment” in Japan as lawmakers propose to renew the debate on legalizing casinos in the country.

The U.S. cafe and casino chain is looking for partners to jointly bid for a license in anticipation that the legislature will approve gaming resorts, Chief Executive Officer Hamish Dodds said.