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    Yokohama divided on IR policy

    Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi sketched out in slightly more detail her policy on the possibility of bidding for an IR at her city’s Yamashita Pier location. Her basic message was as follows: “Until the national policy becomes fully apparent, we remain a blank slate on this matter.” Mayor Hayashi did clarify that once the national […]

    Yokohama IR bid stuck in neutral

    Since her impressive victory a month ago in a hard-fought reelection effort, eyes have been focused on Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, trying to forecast whether she will return to her IR advocacy of last year, or else back away from the proposal in light of the strongly negative public opinion in her city. The answer […]

    Pro-IR Hayashi to run for reelection

    Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, previously known to support the idea of integrated resorts, has formally announced she will run for reelection against a candidate opposed to casinos, according to local sources. Hayashi had previously favored hosting an integrated resort in the city to spur economic growth, but later admitted it would be difficult to formulate […]

    IR market projections may be too rosy

    While many industry analysts continue to assume that either Tokyo or Yokohama will pursue an IR bid, the political realities of Japanese local communities seem to indicate otherwise. In the case of Tokyo, it’s entirely unclear why analysts should believe there’s a serious possibility that it will seek an IR at this time. The metropolitan […]

    Yokohama mayor maintains ‘wait and see’ IR stance

    In spite of the widespread view that the terms of the IR Implementation Bill are shaping up to be more favorable to major urban markets rather than regional locations, Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi is again reaffirming the “blank slate” position which she first adopted over a year ago, in January 2017. In her regular press […]

    Mayor Hayashi sees no room for two IR bids in the capital region

    Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi made clear at a press conference on Friday that she expected only one IR to be licensed within the Kanto region, an area which includes Tokyo, Yokohama, and Chiba. Mayor Hayashi was asked at her regular press conference her thoughts about the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s recent moves to study an IR […]
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    Yokohama mayor still sounds like an IR bid advocate

    Since January 2017 Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has insisted that she is a “blank slate” on the issue an making an IR bid, but her actions and the logic of the few public statements that she makes continues to suggest that she remains the IR advocate that she had been up to the end of […]
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    Yokohama mayor: more watching and waiting

    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 […]
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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.

    Chorus of opposition rises against Yokohama mayor over IR bid

    Yokohama Harbor Transport Association Chairman Yukio Fujiki may be the top leader of the opposition to an IR bid at Yamashita Pier, but a chorus of other voices arose last week, making clear that he is far from alone, and that Mayor Fumiko Hayashi will be facing heavy dissent over her unpopular decision. Yukio Edano, […]
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    Yokohama mayor cites “sense of crisis” for IR development

    After two-and-a-half years of repeating that she was a “blank slate” on IR development, Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi’s now says she feels “a sense of crisis” that the city’s IR bid must go forward. 
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    Yokohama City Council committee approves IR budget

    A committee of the Yokohama City Council wasted little time in approving an amended budget including expenses for IR development, angering the opposition which denounced the move as contrary to the democratic spirit.

    Yokohama IR plans face recall and referendum movements

    Political parties and citizens opposed to an IR bid at Yamashita Pier are launching movements both to recall Fumiko Hayashi as mayor of Yokohama as well as to subject any casino construction plans to a popular referendum.

    Yokohama anti-casino groups suspend signature drive over Covid-19

    The confrontation between the Yokohama municipal government and anti-casino citizen groups extended yet further over the approach to the state of emergency declaration and Covid-19 countermeasures. A coalition of citizens groups aiming for a popular referendum on the city’s IR development plans told the media on Wednesday that although they had gathered thousands of volunteers […]

    Yokohama announces two-month delay in IR schedule

    Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has announced a two-month delay in the city’s IR development schedule as a result of various Covid-19 related disruptions. “Considering the spread of the novel coronavirus, we should concentrate on the things which are most important,” the mayor explained. As a result of the delay, the city’s implementation plan, which was […]

    Anti-casino group files lawsuit against Yokohama mayor to stop IR development

    An anti-casino group called Kanagawa Citizens’ Ombudsman has filed a lawsuit against Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, arguing that her policy of seeking to establish an IR at the Yamashita Pier site violates the legal duty of local governments to provide for the public welfare. “Without effective regulations to prevent gambling addiction, the local government nevertheless […]

    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.  

    Japan’s casino debate goes local

    The passage of Japan’s Casino Bill into law in the early morning hours of December 15, 2016, was achieved only after a bruising political struggle. The administration of Shinzo Abe had waited too long into the Extraordinary Diet Session to begin the deliberations on the bill and thus was forced to steamroll over the opposition parties in a clumsy, ad hoc fashion. However, after  
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    Yokohama bid holds promise and perils

    Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi's announcement that her government would make an IR bid reshaped the licensing race in a way that few other events have done.