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The Japan Gaming Congress (JgC) is to return for a third year, with the 2018 conference set to be held at the Conrad Tokyo from May 10-11.

Hosted by Clarion Gaming, with a focus on the integrated resort (IR) industry, the event is set to draw attendance both locally and from key international markets such as Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore.

A number of key sponsors have already been secured, including Melco Resorts and Entertainment, with Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho commenting:  “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.”

Tom Nieman, VP of Marketing of JCM Global, another confirmed sponsor, added: “Japan Cash Machine is thrilled to welcome JgC to our home country. For decades, JCM has been honored 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”.

A variety of topics are set be discussed at the event, including bills related to problem gambling and general IR regulation expected to be announced next year, and realistic expectations of the impact of the IR industry on local communities, amongst others.

Rory Credland of Clarion Gaming stated: “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.”