Population (Prefectural): 6.3 million
GDP (Prefectural): 20 trillion yen
Candidate Site: Narita
Main IR Assets: Narita International Airport is the gateway for much of the air traffic to and from Japan. It is located in the Kanto region, home to more than 36 million people.
Key Proponent: Narita Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Family Name: Koizumi
Given Name: Kazunari
Role: Mayor of Narita City
IR Stance: Unclear
Profile: Koizumi spent most of his career in local politics, serving two terms as a city councilman and later winning election as Narita mayor in 2007, on his second attempt.
In his June 7 regular press conference, Chiba Governor Kensaku Morita explained in response to a reporter’s question that his position on an IR bid from within the prefecture was a “blank slate”—a passive stance rather than an active one.