Poll finds local residents opposed to Chiba IR development


A poll by the Chibagin Research Institute has found that local residents in Mihama Ward are decisively opposed to the idea of an IR development in the Makuhari district, with 56 percent against the concept and only 21 percent in favor.

A local business group has been promoting the notion of a megafloat, a manmade floating island, to be created off the coast of Makuhari, upon which a luxury hotel and entertainment facilities, including a casino, would be built.

The new poll, however, suggests that this project has so far garnered the support of only a small minority of the local community.

Political leaders in Chiba have yet to make clear their own positions on a possible IR bid.