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Yokohama Chamber of Commerce presses mayor to launch IR bid

The Yokohama Chamber of Commerce & Industry has publicly urged Mayor Fumiko Hayashi to come off the fence and to quickly make a decision in favor of launching an IR bid.

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.

Wakayama mayoral debate puts IR plan on firing line

The face-to-face debate on July 5 between the two candidates for Wakayama mayor underlined the fact that neither candidate is currently in open alignment...

Murky Prospects for Yokohama IR

Most gaming industry analysis currently predicts that the city of Yokohama may very well become the host for Japan’s largest IR in the mid-2020s. Situated in Kanagawa Prefecture as part of Japan’s capital region—with its vast population of tens of millions—almost any major IR operator would love to have a piece of this action; but even should Japan’s IR Implementation Bill pass smoothly through the national legislature, it remains far from clear that Yokohama will actually decide to seek a license. The region's residents go to the polls on Sunday to choose a new mayor, with two candidates opposing the incumbent on an anti-casino platform.  

Crucial mayoral election begins in Yokohama

The official-two week campaign period ahead of the July 30 mayoral election for Yokohama was launched on Sunday, with two of the three candidates...

Second anti-casino candidate enters Yokohama mayoral race

City Councillor Hirotaka Ito has become the third candidate to throw his hat into the ring for the July 30 election for the Mayor...

Yokohama mayoral contender votes no casino

Kazuyoshi Nagashima, a former mayor of a small city and one-term House of Representatives lawmaker, is at present the only openly declared candidate for the July 30 election to become Mayor of Yokohama. His main campaign slogan is a succinct two words: NO CASINO!!! He joins other regional politicians in campaigning on the bandwagon of opposition to IRs in their cities. 

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