TOKYO Feb 22 MGM Resorts International
will expand its presence in Tokyo in the next 30 days, its chief
said on Wednesday, as the Las Vegas company steps up its efforts
to enter what could become the world's second-largest casino
"We are going to have a larger office here in Tokyo,"
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James Murren told reporters
at an investor conference in Tokyo.
MGM has hired 15 new staff to work in Japan to focus on
areas including market research and building connections with
local companies, Murren said. Between eight and nine of the
staff will be based in Tokyo.
International casino operators, including Las Vegas Sands
and Melco Crown Entertainment, are also in the
running for potentially lucrative operating rights in Japan,
which legalised casino gambling in December.
(Reporting By Thomas Wilson; Editing by Himani Sarkar)