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Special Report: Japan's casino tycoon bet big on Philippines fixer

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ROMEO RANOCO

Kazuo Okada, chairman of Universal Entertainment Corp, bows after speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of its casino-hotel projects in Manila in this January 26, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/Files

Kazuo Okada, chairman of Universal Entertainment Corp, bows after speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of its casino-hotel projects in Manila in this January 26, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/Files
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ROMEO RANOCO

Kazuo Okada (3rd R), chairman of Universal Entertainment Corp, pushes the button with other local officials during the ground breaking ceremony of its casino-hotel projects in Manila in this January 26, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/Files

Kazuo Okada (3rd R), chairman of Universal Entertainment Corp, pushes the button with other local officials during the ground breaking ceremony of its casino-hotel projects in Manila in this January 26, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/Files
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ROMEO RANOCO

Kazuo Okada, chairman of Universal Entertainment Corp, speaks during the ground-breaking ceremony of its casino-hotel projects in Manila in this January 26, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/Files

Kazuo Okada, chairman of Universal Entertainment Corp, speaks during the ground-breaking ceremony of its casino-hotel projects in Manila in this January 26, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/Files
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BOBBY YIP

Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada attends the opening ceremony of his dining complex in Hong Kong in this May 15, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada attends the opening ceremony of his dining complex in Hong Kong in this May 15, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files
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Reuters

A combination photo from file photos show Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn (L) and Universal Entertainment Corporation CEO Kazuo Okada. REUTERS/Staff/Files

A combination photo from file photos show Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn (L) and Universal Entertainment Corporation CEO Kazuo Okada. REUTERS/Staff/Files
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BOBBY YIP

Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada and wife Takako Okada attend the opening ceremony of a dining complex in Hong Kong in this May 15, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada and wife Takako Okada attend the opening ceremony of a dining complex in Hong Kong in this May 15, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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BOBBY YIP

Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada (2nd R) and his wife Takako Okada make hand prints as they attend the opening ceremony of a dining complex in Hong Kong in this May 15, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada (2nd R) and his wife Takako Okada make hand prints as they attend the opening ceremony of a dining complex in Hong Kong in this May 15, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files
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BOBBY YIP

Galaxy Macau, a resort in Macau built by Galaxy Entertainment Group, is lit up in the evening after it opened for business in this May 15, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

Galaxy Macau, a resort in Macau built by Galaxy Entertainment Group, is lit up in the evening after it opened for business in this May 15, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files
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CHERYL RAVELO

A worker holds on to a steel bar as he builds a temporary office behind a signage of "Entertainment City" in Manila in this November 23, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

A worker holds on to a steel bar as he builds a temporary office behind a signage of "Entertainment City" in Manila in this November 23, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo
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PAUL YEUNG

An employee walks past tables at SJM's flagship casino Grand Lisboa, owned by Macau tycoon Stanley Ho, before the opening ceremony in Macau in this February 11, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Paul Yeung/Files

An employee walks past tables at SJM's flagship casino Grand Lisboa, owned by Macau tycoon Stanley Ho, before the opening ceremony in Macau in this February 11, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Paul Yeung/Files
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PAUL YEUNG

A man works on the billboard of a casino in Macau in this June 17, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Paul Yeung/Files

A man works on the billboard of a casino in Macau in this June 17, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Paul Yeung/Files
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VIVEK PRAKASH

Tourists stand at a promenade across the water from the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort in Singapore in this June 22, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Tourists stand at a promenade across the water from the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort in Singapore in this June 22, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files
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BOBBY YIP

Visitors try a dice game at Gaming Expo Asia in Macau in this May 22, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

Visitors try a dice game at Gaming Expo Asia in Macau in this May 22, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files
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Toru Hanai

The logo of the Universal Entertainment Corp. is seen at the company's headquarters in Tokyo in this November 30, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

The logo of the Universal Entertainment Corp. is seen at the company's headquarters in Tokyo in this November 30, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files
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Toru Hanai

The headquarters of Universal Entertainment Corp is pictured in Tokyo in this November 30, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

The headquarters of Universal Entertainment Corp is pictured in Tokyo in this November 30, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files
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Toru Hanai

The headquarters of Universal Entertainment Corp is pictured in Tokyo in this November 30, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

The headquarters of Universal Entertainment Corp is pictured in Tokyo in this November 30, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files
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TYRONE SIU

A view of the swimming pool at Sands Cotai Central, Sands' integrated resort in Macau, in this April 11, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files

A view of the swimming pool at Sands Cotai Central, Sands' integrated resort in Macau, in this April 11, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files
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PABLO SANCHEZ

The main gambling floor of the Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore is seen in this April 27, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez/Files

The main gambling floor of the Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore is seen in this April 27, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez/Files
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TYRONE SIU

Dealers wait for customers at the casino inside Melco Crown Entertainment's gaming resort City of Dreams in Macau in this June 1, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files

Dealers wait for customers at the casino inside Melco Crown Entertainment's gaming resort City of Dreams in Macau in this June 1, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files
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BOBBY YIP

Lightboxes are displayed inside the City of Dreams, Macau's entertainment resort developed by Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, in Macau in this April 14, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

Lightboxes are displayed inside the City of Dreams, Macau's entertainment resort developed by Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, in Macau in this April 14, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files
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