The Yokohama City Council has begun its deliberations on whether or not to hold a popular referendum on IR development. Despite gaining more than three times the needed number of resident signatures, Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has asked that the referendum be rejected.
Tomakomai Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura is stepping up his pressure on Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki to get behind the city’s desire to bid for an IR license. Iwakura has reiterated that the nine month delay in the national timeline should make a bid feasible.
The local chapter of Japan’s leading opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, has formally asked Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi to withdraw her comments to the city council that indicated her view that there is “no significance” to a popular referendum on IR development.
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi continues her appeal to local residents to support IR development, arguing that it is a “powerful means” to secure needed tax revenues for social costs and more.
Tomakomai Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura has again pressed the Hokkaido prefectural authorities led by Governor Naomichi Suzuki to rejoin the IR race in the current cycle, arguing that the nine-month delay in the national licensing timeline provides adequate opportunity to resolve environmental and other concerns.
Nagasaki Governor Hodo Nakamura has announced that his prefecture’s RFP process would commence from January 7, showing his eagerness to get an early jump on compiling an IR licensing proposal that cannot be submitted until at least October, under the revised timeline.
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi is effectively violating her promise to respect the results of a popular referendum on IR development.