Tokoname City


    Prefecture: Aichi

    Population (Prefectural): 7.5 million

    GDP (Prefectural): 39.6 trillion yen

    Candidate Site: Chubu Airport Island

    Main IR Assets: Chubu Centrair International Airport, which hosts the manmade island upon which the IR is envisioned, is the nation’s 8th busiest airport, having served more than 10 million passengers in 2015. It is the gateway to one of Japan’s most important industrial regions.

    Key Proponent: Tokoname City Council


    Omura, Hideaki

    Family Name: Omura Given Name: Hideaki Party: Independent Role: Governor of Aichi Prefecture IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Starting out as a national bureaucrat in the Agriculture Ministry, Omura shifted to politics in 1996, winning election as a ruling party lawmaker in the House of Representatives. After winning five terms and serving in various capacities, he shifted again in 2011, this time running successfully for the post of governor. He was reelected in 2015.

    Kataoka, Norihiko

    Family Name: Kataoka Given Name: Norihiko Party: Independent Role: Mayor of Tokoname City IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Kataoka rose up through the Tokoname city bureaucracy before retiring his post in 2007 and successfully running as mayor. He has so far been elected three times.

    Kuroda, Tatsuaki

    Family Name: Kuroda Given Name: Tatsuaki Organization: Nagoya University Role: Professor IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Professor Kuroda was appointed in August 2017 to chair the local experts' committee regarding the possibility of seeking an IR in Tokoname city, Aichi. In March 2018, Kuroda's committee reported back to Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura firmly recommending an IR bid.

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