Population (Prefectural): 770,000
GDP (Prefectural): 3.2 trillion yen
Candidate Site: Nanetsu Shinkansen Station
Main IR Assets: The opening of the Hokuriku shinkansen line will allow easy access from both the Tokyo and Osaka regions. No other candidate locations have appeared in the Hokuriku region, which does draw some tourists looking for the experience of the Sea of Japan coast.
Key Proponent: Fukui Association of Corporate Executives
Family Name: Nishikawa
Given Name: Issei
Role: Governor of Fukui Prefecture
IR Stance: Unclear
Profile: Nishikawa began as a bureaucrat in the internal affairs ministry, eventually becoming the Vice-Governor of Fukui in 1995 in that capacity. He retired from the ministry and successfully ran for governor in 2003. Within the national context, Nishikawa is known was one of the strongest local advocates of nuclear energy, even in the post-Fukushima era. Fukui Prefecture hosts the nation's largest concentration of nuclear power plants.
Family Name: Nara
Given Name: Toshiyuki
Role: Mayor of Echizen City
IR Stance: Unclear
Profile: A product of the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, Nara served four terms in the Fukui Prefectural Assembly. When an administrative reorganization recreated Echizen city in 2005, Nara was elected the inaugural mayor and has retained his post ever since.
Family Name: Hayashi
Given Name: Masahiro
Organization: Fukui Association of Corporate Executives
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: Hayashi is president of Fukui Bank. In his capacity as co-chairman of the Fukui Association of Corporate Executives, Hayashi led the March 2018 initiative to build an IR at Echizen city, Fukui Prefecture.
The Fukui Association of Corporate Executives has not received a proactive response from the governmental authorities about their IR proposal for Echizen city, made in March. “There’s not a feeling of active movement so much as just waiting,” says Seiwa Higashiyama, the secretary-general of the business association, to AGB Nippon.