MGM Resorts’ chances for a casino license in Japan just got a major boost Rich Duprey, The Motley Fool · February 24, 2020 at 6:10 am It looks like MGM Resorts is the last man standing in the bid to win a casino license in Osaka, Japan, after Genting Singapore dropped out of the race. While the government still needs to decide which cities will host the new gambling halls, Osaka has an inside track because it is the site of the 2025 World Expo, meaning MGM could be the early winner. There will be three licenses issued in Japan when the process is complete, with Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama all leading contenders to be hosts for the initial licenses under the country’s new integrated resorts law. There were eight companies originally vying for the right to build one of the comprehensive entertainment complexes in Osaka, but the field began narrowing quickly after Las Vegas Sands and Melco Resorts & Entertainment pulled out, and Caesars Entertainment dropped out to focus on its acquisition of Eldorado Resorts. That left just Genting, MGM, and Galaxy Entertainment.