Prefecture: Tokyo Metropolitan District

    Population (Prefectural): 13.9 million

    GDP (Prefectural): 104.3 trillion yen

    Candidate Site: Tsukiji or Odaiba

    Main IR Assets: No one doubts that an IR placed within the heart of the largest urban area in the world, with over 43 million people living in the region, would have little difficulty drawing masses of visitors so long as the facilities were reasonably attractive.

    Key Proponent: Various elements of the business community and some local politicians


    Koike, Yuriko

    Family Name: Koike Given Name: Yuriko Party: Tokyoites First Role: Governor of Tokyo IR Stance: Unclear Profile: Koike was already one of Japan's best known politicians before her dramatic campaign to become governor of Tokyo in 2016. She had previously served as minister of the environment and, briefly, as defense minister. Before she began her political career in 1992, she was a popular newscaster. She is also noted for having attended Cairo University and having worked for a time as an Arabic-Japanese interpreter.
    Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara

    Ishihara, Shintaro

    Family Name: Ishihara Given Name: Shintaro Party: Independent Role: Former Governor of Tokyo IR Stance: Advocate Profile: One of Japan's best-known rightwing politicians, the height of Ishihara's career was his tenure as governor of Tokyo from 1999-2012. In the early years of his governorship, Ishihara effectively launched the casino legalization movement in Japan with his proposal to build a casino along the Tokyo waterfront. His efforts to get national politicians to act on his initiative, however, did not produce any rapid success.

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