Wakayama City

    Website: http://www.city.wakayama.wakayama.jp/

    Prefecture: Wakayama

    Population (Prefectural): 930,000

    GDP (Prefectural): 3.5 trillion yen

    Candidate Site: Marina City

    Main IR Assets: Good access to Kansai International Airport and the surrounding regions. An attractive seaside location ripe for further tourism development.

    Key Proponent: Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka


    Nisaka, Yoshinobu

    Family Name: Nisaka Given Name: Yoshinobu Party: Independent Role: Governor of Wakayama Prefecture IR Stance: Advocate Profile: After spending many years as a MITI (now METI) bureaucrat, as well as a stint as the ambassador to Brunei, Nisaka successfully ran for governor in 2006. He was reelected in 2010 and 2014.

    Obana, Masahiro

    Family Name: Obana Given Name: Masahiro Party: Independent Role: Mayor of Wakayama City IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Obana worked his way up through the Wakayama prefectural government as a local bureaucrat. In 2014 he was elected mayor with the support of major political parties.

    Ito, Motoshige

    Family Name: Ito Given Name: Motoshige Organization: Wakayama Prefecture IR Experts Committee Role: Chairman IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Ito is a well-known economist who has held high-level positions both in the academic world and as an advisor to various government committees. In July 2019, it was announced that he would become the Chairman of the Wakayama Prefecture IR Experts Committee.

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