The question of whether or not Okinawa Prefecture will be making a bid for an IR license will likely be resolved in the September 30 gubernatorial elections, as the two candidates are taking the expected opposite policy positions.
On November 29 of last year, Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki announced that his prefecture would not be participating in the IR race, citing the several years it would take to complete environmental preparations at the Tomakomai site. However, parts of the Japanese media are reporting that, in fact, not only is Hokkaido actually still in the race, but that they are being sized up as one of the three eventual winners.
Several major domestic media outlets reported Monday evening that the national IR development schedule will be delayed for an undetermined period of time in...
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