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Huis Ten Bosch seeking resort casino complex next to theme park

July 7, 2014



The president of Huis Ten Bosch Co. said during a recent interview that the theme park operator is seeking to attract a company to operate a resort complex including a casino next to the theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture.

"We're seeking a sophisticated and elegant European-style facility next to the Huis Ten Bosch theme park. We will lease some land to the company (that will operate the resort complex) and receive a small portion of the earnings," Hideo Sawada said.

The southwestern prefecture of Nagasaki is among the local governments interested in hosting casinos once the country's ban on them is lifted. A bill to realize the move was submitted to the Diet in December last year and still needs to be deliberated on.

Sawada said local people are "united" about attracting a company to operate a resort complex including a casino, shopping mall, theaters and other facilities.

"I think we are around 60 percent sure about succeeding in the bid," he added.

But Sawada said his company would not directly operate the casino complex for the meantime, citing a lack of know-how.

According to Sawada, his company is considering providing about 25,000 square meters of land currently used as Huis Ten Bosch's parking space for the resort complex.



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Source: Japan Economic Newswire


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