Osaka Stands Alone As Japan Big City Casino Candidate By Muhammad Cohen, Forbes May 1, 2019 at 7:57 pm Casino operators have declared Osaka their favorite major Japanese city to develop an integrated resort the way parents declare their only child their favorite. None of Japan’s other largest metropolitan areas have entered the competition for an IR license, so Osaka stands alone. Under the licensing process, local jurisdictions will nominate a single consortium for the national government to consider for an IR license. So it’s imperative for casino operators and their partners to convince local authorities they are their best choice. As Osaka launches its selection process, expect extraordinary competition among at least a half-dozen of the biggest names in gaming, and in this beauty contest, second place won’t even get a bouquet.