Population (Prefectural): 1.1 million
GDP (Prefectural): 3.6 trillion yen
Candidate Site: Phoenix Seagaia Resort
Main IR Assets: Phoenix Seagaia Resort, a significant leisure facility, already exists at the site.
Key Proponent: Sega Sammy Holdings
Family Name: Kono
Given Name: Shunji
Role: Governor of Miyazaki Prefecture
IR Stance: Opposed
Profile: Kono's career began in the Internal Affairs Ministry, which eventually posted him to Miyazaki Prefecture. In 2007 he rose to the status of Vice-Governor. In 2011, when then-Governor Hideo Higashikokubaru decided to leave office, Kono left the ministry and successfully ran for the post of governor. He was reelected in 2015 and has already indicated that he plans to run again in 2019.
Family Name: Tojiki
Given Name: Tadashi
Role: Mayor of Miyazaki City
IR Stance: Unclear
Profile: Tojiki was mayor of Sadowara Town from 1998 until 2006, when his town was administratively absorbed into Miyazaki city. Tojiki's initial attempt to become mayor of Miyazaki city failed, but on his second try in 2010 he succeeded.
Sega Sammy Holdings President and COO Haruki Satomi revealed at a briefing on April 26 that his company was budgeting up to 3 billion yen (about US$27 million) in funds in the coming fiscal year for Japan IR bid preparations and would likely reveal its consortium partners before March 2020.
Sega Sammy Holdings released a report on Thursday showing a 12.2% net sales decline in April-September 2018 as compared to the same period a year earlier, falling to the figure of just over 171 billion yen (about US$1.5 billion). Moreover, its operating income plummeted by 61.9%.
Sega Sammy Holdings has released new financial data showing a 35.8% decline in sales revenue in the April-June 2018 period as compared to the same period last year, which resulted in a sharp 97.1% decline in net profitability.
Haruki Satomi, president and COO of Sega Sammy Holdings, as well as the son of company founder Hajime Satomi, was interviewed on CNBC on May 4, speaking of his company’s IR ambitions.
Miyazaki Governor Shunji Kono has concluded that there is no point in his sparsely-populated prefecture attempting to join the IR hunt.