Japan’s casino plans remain dicey after Las Vegas Sands pullout

TOKYO — Japan’s legalization of casinos two years ago was supposed to usher in a golden age of gaming tourism with top names from the industry. But the sudden decision by Las Vegas Sands to take its chips off the table has cast doubt on projects that were already on shaky ground after a bribery scandal.

Analysts believe LVS’s decision to pull out will make other interested casino groups much more conservative with their plans.

“The scale of the investment would considerably decrease, because Las Vegas Sands is the price leader of the industry,” said Takashi Kiso, CEO of consultancy

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