Company: Makinohara City
Family Name: Kawakatsu
Given Name: Heita
Role: Governor of Shizuoka Prefecture
IR Stance: Unclear
Profile: Kawakatsu was a liberal arts professor who rose to the position of president of the Shizuoka University of Art and Culture. In 2009 he ran and was elected governor for the first time. Though he is an independent, Kawakatsu is generally considered an ally of the national opposition parties.
Makinohara Mayor Kikuo Sugimoto has told his city council that local residents near the Oyori area have offered no objections to the plans to make an IR bid after the concept was explained to them.
Makinohara city has recently become one of the most proactive local governments in preparing the ground for an IR bid, with the latest initiative being a lecture series about IRs aimed at skeptical local residents.
Operating below the media radar, there are indications that an IR bid may soon emerge from Makinohara city in Shizuoka Prefecture, a coastal community with a population of just over 44,000 people.