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Japanese official says Netanyahu asked him to advance franchise for Adelson casino

5 February 2015

Haaretz reports today that exactly a year ago, in February 2014, Las Vegas Sands Corp., which is owned by Sheldon Adelson, released a dramatic announcement to the media in Tokyo. The company, considered the largest gambling firm in the world in terms of market value, announced its intention of investing $10 billion in Japan – in the expectation that it would become the second-largest casino market in the world.

According to Haaretz, three months later Benjamin Netanyahu, on an "economic work visit" to Japan, asked a senior Japanese official to advance the legal franchise for Sheldon Adelson's casino. The official was shocked by the unusual request, and rejected it out of hand. He was so astonished that already during the visit he told his associates about the Israeli prime minister's request.

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