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The Hokkaido gubernatorial race is already informally underway. Incumbent Harumi Takahashi spoke with leaders of Tomakomai’s business community last Friday about the city’s potential IR bid in connection with her own political future.
The sudden death of Governor Takeshi Onaga on Wednesday has thrown Okinawa politics into turmoil, with potential implications for the IR industry.
The Japanese government is on the brink of passing the IR Implementation Act, though the bill remains deeply unpopular with the majority of the population and sooner or later this will have practical consequences for the industry.
Since the Iwanuma City Council passed a resolution last June to launch a feasibility study for an IR bid, little progress has been made....