Rusutsu Village


    Prefecture: Hokkaido

    Population (Prefectural): 5.3 million

    GDP (Prefectural): 19 trillion yen

    Candidate Site: Rusutsu

    Main IR Assets: Kamori Kanko owns Rusutsu village’s ski resort, golf courses, and theme park, simplifying ownership structure and decision-making. The local economy is tourism based.

    Key Proponent: Kamori Kanko


    Baya, Tsunehachi

    Family Name: Baya Given Name: Tsunehachi Party: Independent Role: Mayor of Rusutsu Village IR Stance: Advocate Profile: After a career spent mainly in local government, Baya was first elected mayor of Rusutsu village in 2013. He was reelected in 2017.

    Kamori, Hisatake

    Family Name: Kamori Given Name: Hisatake Organization: Kamori Kanko Role: President IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Hisatake Kamori took over Kamori Kanko as president in June 2018 after the 26-year tenure of his father, Kimihito Kamori. He is also the grandson of Katsuo Kamori, who founded the Hokkaido-based resort and leisure company in 1981. Hisatake Kamori has some education in the United States and spent more than eight years as managing director of the company's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Australia.

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