Tomakomai City


    Prefecture: Hokkaido

    Population (Prefectural): 5.3 million

    GDP (Prefectural): 19 trillion yen

    Candidate Site: Uenae

    Main IR Assets: Close proximity to New Chitose Airport, the largest in the region, as well as a port which might host cruise ships. Easy access to all of Japan’s northernmost major island, which is already a popular holiday destination.

    Key Proponent: Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura


    Suzuki, Naomichi

    Family Name: Suzuki Given Name: Naomichi Party: Independent Role: Governor of Hokkaido IR Stance: Unclear Profile: Originally deployed to Hokkaido by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 2008, Suzuki went on to serve two terms as mayor of Yubari. At the time of his first election in 2011, he was the youngest city mayor in the nation. In April 2019 he ran for the open position of Hokkaido Governor and was successfully elected.

    Iwakura, Hirofumi

    Family Name: Iwakura Given Name: Hirofumi Party: Independent Role: Mayor of Tomakomai City IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Originally a businessman in the home construction industry, Iwakura flirted with national politics for a number of years before his first election as Tomakomai mayor in 2006, with conservative ruling party support.

    Takahashi, Harumi

    Family Name: Takahashi Given Name: Harumi Party: Independent Role: Former Governor of Hokkaido Prefecture IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Born into a political family, Takahashi started off as a MITI (now METI) bureaucrat before leaving the ministry and successfully running for the post of Hokkaido governor, at the urging of ruling party grandee Nobutaka Machimura. She served four full terms, a total of 16 years, as governor before stepping down in April 2019.

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