Nagasaki governor says IR could create 36,000 new jobs

Nagasaki Governor Hodo Nakamura told his prefectural assembly on Tuesday that the establishment of an IR at Huis Ten Bosch could result in the creation of 28,000-36,000 new jobs in the local economy, a sharp revision upward from the 22,000 job estimate the prefectural government made in April 2018.

Nakamura’s new figures are based on the various proposals that the prefectural has received from IR operators and private investors.

Investment amounts now expected to come in between JPY350 billion (US$3.2 billion) and JPY460 billion (US$4.3 billion), and annual visitation between 6.9 million and 9.3 million people.

Nakamura added, “It is expected that the opportunity for young people to settle in the local area will expand, and that those young people who have moved out of the prefecture to go to school or find employment elsewhere will be able to return to their hometown.”