Mohegan’s Integrated Resort in Tomakomai on the island of Hokkaido would feature three hotel towers, convention space, an entertainment arena and more.
Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment’s new office in Tomakomai, a city on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, will serve as a homebase for its Japanese staff and act as a showroom for its proposed $3.5 billion-$4.5 billion Integrated Resort (IR). MGE is considering hiring 5,000 to 7,000 people for the IR.
At the office, Mohegan will install the Mohegan company profile, a book that summarizes Mohegan’s corporate philosophy and corporate social responsibility, and an IR vision book.
Mohegan additionally plans to erect a unique museum to celebrate the cultures of the Mohegan Tribe and the indigenous Ainu people of Japan.
Mohegan is one of the leading businesses competing to build an IR in Japan. Hard Rock International is also pursuing the Japanese market.
The Hokkaido prefecture still needs to apply and receive approval for the IR project. Eight prefectures across Japan have announced interest in hosting the IR project in anticipation of considerable financial windfall. Tomakomai has already created an IR business council.
The envisioned Integrated Resort would take advantage of the island’s natural environment and forests, offering horse-riding facilities, ski slopes and even areas for “farming activities.” Infrastructure would include three hotel towers, convention space, an entertainment arena and more.
Meanwhile, other casinos such as MGM Resorts are making an effort to increase their presence in the country, recently sponsoring the 10th Yosakoi Osaka Tournament, October 12-13th.