Strong anti-casino sentiment in Yokohama

The Yokohama municipal government revealed the results of its public comment period regarding its urban development plans, and in the process admitted that it had received an avalanche of opposition to the notion of building an IR in the city.

About 20 percent of all the public comments that Yokohama received touched on the casino issue, and among those, 407 of the 433 related comments, or about 94 percent, expressed opposition. The reasons cited ran the gamut from fears of gambling addiction and crime to the notion that Yokohama is a city of high culture that doesn’t need a casino.

In the survey, a total of 830 individuals and organizations provided their feedback on 2,129 matters.