Mayor Hayashi sees no room for two IR bids in the capital region

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi made clear at a press conference on Friday that she expected only one IR to be licensed within the Kanto region, an area which includes Tokyo, Yokohama, and Chiba.

Mayor Hayashi was asked at her regular press conference her thoughts about the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s recent moves to study an IR bid. She claimed to have no opinion on the matter herself, but did say that it was natural that Tokyo should be thinking about its next stage of development after holding the 2020 Olympics.

Hayashi also made clear her belief that the central government would not be licensing IRs in both Tokyo and Yokohama, so that it would be one or the other if both cities ended up making bids.

Nevertheless, she once again insisted that although she is thankful for the IR operators who submitted plans to the city’s RFI, that no decisions about a Yokohama bid had been taken and that she remains a “blank slate” on the matter.