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Looking Ahead to Local Elections

The enduring unpopularity of IR developments among the Japanese public, as well as the much weaker position of the Shinzo Abe government in comparison to earlier phases, means that local elections may still prove decisive as to whether or not bids will go forward.

Sasebo mayor launches fourth term with pledge of proactive IR support

Sasebo Mayor Norio Tomonaga used the occasion of the launch of his fourth term on Tuesday to pledge his proactive efforts to gain an IR license at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park.

Local election victories accelerate IR development

If at the beginning of this year one were to sketch out the dream scenario for IR development in Japan, the actual results of April’s Unified Local Elections would greatly resemble that picture, with pro-IR politicians and parties winning almost every battle, and usually winning big.
Tomakomai

Tomakomai City Council’s pro-IR forces strengthen

In the wake of the elections last Sunday, the political forces within the Tomakomai City Council that support Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura and the city’s IR bid have strengthened their hand.

Hard Rock Tomakomai office opens

Hard Rock Japan’s Tomakomai office has now opened—shortly after the election of Governor Naomichi Suzuki and a conservative prefectural assembly has kept the city’s IR hopes very much alive.

Sasebo mayor cruises to easy reelection win

Sasebo Mayor Norio Tomonaga cruised to an easy electoral win over his single opponent, gathering 78.2 percent of the vote, and thus ensuring continuity in the city’s plan to make an IR bid at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park.

Shizuoka city eliminated as IR candidate location

The prospect that the Nihondaira plateau in the center of Shizuoka city might become host to an IR bid has been eliminated about six...
Yumeshima

Osaka government retains its leadership team

The Ichiro Matsui and Hirofumi Yoshimura leadership team has been retained by the voters of Osaka, though they have now switched offices—Yoshimura will be...

Eleven gubernatorial campaigns begin

Thursday marked the official beginning of gubernatorial elections in 11 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, some of which involving local IR development as key elements...

Casino battle lines emerge in Hokkaido gubernatorial race

As anticipated, the issue of an IR bid is becoming one of the top points of contention in the Hokkaido gubernatorial race. To stress...

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