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!!! Last year, incumbent Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi had repeatedly described locating an IR in the Minato Mirai district of her city as being “a powerful means of securing tax revenue” and even as “necessary for the sustainable development of Yokohama.” But within a couple of weeks of Nagashima announcing his candidacy in mid-January under the anti-casino banner, Mayor Hayashi changed her tune. She stated in a January 25 press conference that it would be “considerably difficult to make concrete moves” toward hosting an IR and declared that “it’s very important to have a policy to combat addiction; we need to examine this issue as the city...

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