Trump ties won’t help Sheldon Adelson win a casino license in Japan By Muhammad Cohen, Forbes October 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm Donald Trump is trying to help major campaign donor Sheldon Adelson get a casino license in Japan. That’s a key assertion in investigative journalism group ProPublica’s report on the relationship between the U.S. President and Las Vegas Sands founder with a fortune in excess of US$30 billion. Trump’s backing may fuel Adelson’s claim that LVS has the “pole position” in Japan. It’s unclear, though, what influence Trump could wield in Japan’s unfolding integrated resort competition, and whether Adelson and LVS fit Japan’s ideal IR operator profile. Japan is the world’s last great untapped casino market, the “holy grail” for Adelson. (Macau is a part of but apart from China; a casino within mainland China remains the impossible dream.) Virtually every casino company on earth covets one of Japan’s three licenses to build an integrated resort that combines a casino, hotel, convention facilities and other amenities, expected to cost up to US$10 billion.