Population (Prefectural): 5.3 million
GDP (Prefectural): 19 trillion yen
Candidate Site: Sapporo Kitahiroshima Golf Club
Main IR Assets: Location near Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido. Some existing leisure facilities are already in place on the extensive grounds of the Sapporo Kitahiroshima Golf Club.
Key Proponent: Heiwa Corporation
Family Name: Ueno
Given Name: Masami
Role: Mayor of Kitahiroshima City
IR Stance: Opposed
Profile: Immediately after graduation from university, Ueno joined the Kitahiroshima city bureaucracy and worked his way up the chain. He left his position in 2005 and successfully ran for the office of town mayor.
Kitahiroshima Mayor Masami Ueno revealed his opposition to the Heiwa Corporation’s proposal to build an IR at the Sapporo Kitahiroshima Golf Club, apparently putting an end to speculation that this municipality would throw its hat into the ring.
In the nearly six months since the Heiwa Corporation first submitted its plan to build an IR in Kitahiroshima city, Hokkaido, the municipal authorities have yet to give a clear answer, and are said to be divided over the matter.