Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, the self-described “blank slate” on an IR bid, is becoming clear about one point—don’t expect her to make a decision soon.
At her Wednesday press conference, she clarified that any local decision on making an IR bid will not be forthcoming until after the central government has published the more detailed regulations guiding the new industry. That prospect appears a few months away at the earliest.
She did note that the city government is contemplating holding additional IR explanation meetings for local residents.
But as for whether Yokohama intends to raise its hand and pursue an IR bid, she would only say, “I want to judge the matter carefully while watching the central government’s moves.”
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has, for the very first time, acknowledged that the people of her city might actually have a voice in whether or not to build a major IR along the coastline.
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi stated for the first time that should the city be forced to hold a referendum on IR development and lose the vote, she would respect the people’s decision and withdraw the city’s candidacy.
After spending most of this year in denial or else paralyzed by the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Japanese central government has finally made a credible decision about its IR development plans, which is to push back the timeline by nine months.
Recognizing that the Covid-19 pandemic may have exercised an important impact on IR development, Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has indicated that her municipal administration would seek a dialogue on this issue with interested IR operators. “The revitalization of tourism and the MICE industry is indispensable for the long-term advance of Yokohama’s economy,” Hayashi declared, “but […]
The two major citizen group efforts to head off IR development plans in Yokohama are preparing to launch their signature drives, keeping the political pressure on even as national policy has stalled. Launching first, from September 4 until November 4, is the petition demanding a popular referendum over the city’s IR development plans. The aim […]
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi stated at a press conference that her city would not be issuing its local IR implementation policy this month, as planned, and that the delay would be indefinite until the central government revealed its own directions. Hayashi did indicate, however, that her firm intention to build a major IR at Yamashita […]
A citizens group opposing the development of the Yokohama IR has affirmed that its signature drive to trigger a recall vote against Mayor Fumiko Hayashi will kick off in October. The organizers need to gather about 500,000 signatures in a two month period from the city’s population of about 3,760,000 people, regarded as a high […]
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has acknowledged that her city’s implementation policies, originally scheduled for publication in June, must wait until after the central government finally issues its long overdue IR Basic Plan. She added that any prospect that her city could publish its implementation policies by the end of August had now dried up. “We […]
Although she regards the January to July 2021 application window for IR licensing to be “pretty strict,” Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi made clear that her municipality would not be requesting any policy change from the central government. “It’s not a good thing for the national schedule to change,” she remarked, “We are not requesting any […]
It has often been suggested that Japanese local communities will become more understanding of IR development projects once their nature is better explained, but public opinion polling in the city of Yokohama seems to be showing the opposite trend. According to exit polls at the time of the July 2017 mayoral elections, three years ago, […]