Sasebo City


    Prefecture: Nagasaki

    Population (Prefectural): 1.3 million

    GDP (Prefectural): 4.4 trillion yen

    Candidate Site: Huis Ten Bosch

    Main IR Assets: The existing Huis Ten Bosch theme park is already Kyushu island’s most successful tourist facility. There is access to the sea, facing the Asian mainland. It is likely there will be no other IR in this part of Japan for some time.

    Key Proponent: Governor Hodo Nakamura


    Nakamura, Hodo

    Family Name: Nakamura Given Name: Hodo Party: Independent Role: Governor of Nagasaki Prefecture IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Nakamura spent his career as a Nagasaki prefectural bureaucrat, rising from entry level to the position of vice-governor. He retired from the service and ran successfully for the post of governor in 2010. He is now in his third term as governor.

    Tomonaga, Norio

    Family Name: Tomonaga Given Name: Norio Party: Independent Role: Mayor of Sasebo City IR Stance: Advocate Profile: A long-term politician, Tomonaga worked his way through terms as Sasebo city councilman and prefectural assemblyman before his first election as mayor of Sasebo in 2007.

    Sakaguchi, Katsuhiko

    Family Name: Sakaguchi Given Name: Katsuhiko Organization: Huis Ten Bosch Role: President IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Sakaguchi had a long career at the Unicharm Corporation, a Japanese company that manufactures disposable hygiene and household cleaning products, before becoming an executive at H.I.S in 2014. He was appointed in May 2019 to become the President of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park.

    Tsuji, Kosei

    Family Name: Tsuji Given Name: Kosei Organization: Nagasaki Marine IR Council Role: Chairman IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Tsuji is a key business leader in Sasebo. Aside from being the president of the Nishi Kyushu Warehouse Company, he is also a vice-chairman of the Sasebo Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In January 2019, he officially assumed a third role as chairman of the Nagasaki Marine IR Council.

    Sawada, Hideo

    Family Name: Sawada Given Name: Hideo Organization: Huis Ten Bosch Role: Chairman IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Sawada was an entrepreneur in the travel business beginning in 1980, eventually founding H.I.S., one of the nation's most successful travel agencies. In April 2010 he was also made president of the struggling Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki, and within six months turned it from a loss-making enterprise to a profit-making company. In 2019 he stepped down from his position as Huis Ten Bosch president to become the company's Chairman without representative rights.

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