Population (Prefectural): 7.5 million
GDP (Prefectural): 39.6 trillion yen
Candidate Site: Undetermined
Main IR Assets: The Nagoya Station area has easy access to the Shinkansen bullet trains and lay within easy distance of both the Kanto and Kansai regions. A superspeed maglev train is also scheduled to connect Nagoya with Tokyo in 2027. Aichi Prefecture also has a substantial population of its own, being home to the nation’s automotive industry.
Key Proponent: Mayor Takashi Kawamura
Family Name: Kawamura
Given Name: Takashi
Party: Tax Cut Japan
Role: Mayor of Nagoya City
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: A native of Nagoya, Kawamura spent most of his political career in the House of Representatives, bouncing from one political party to another. First elected Mayor of Nagoya in 2009, he created his own "Tax Cut Japan" local political party. Kawamura's colorful character and media savvy have made him a nationally-known figure.
Police continue to announce busts related to illegal casinos in major cities across the country, with two fresh busts in Nagoya and the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo coming just this week, netting a total of four arrests.
This past weekend saw two separate police raids against illegal internet casinos in Tokyo and Nagoya, the latest in an ongoing series of such legal actions in major Japanese cities. The two raids occurred within a three-hour period.
Hideaki Omura was easily elected to a third term as Governor of Aichi Prefecture on Sunday, trouncing a challenger backed by the Japan Communist Party.
Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura told a press conference on Monday that he was still searching for a candidate location for an IR. His criteria was that it should be within thirty minutes travel time of Nagoya Station and must possess a minimum of five hectares of land.
Last Thursday the election period began in the Aichi gubernatorial election, which has implications for both IR proposals in the prefecture. However, there is little reason to believe that incumbent Governor Hideaki Omura will not win in a landslide.
Kuwana Mayor Narutaka Ito made clear at his regular press conference on Tuesday that his administration has not outright rejected Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura’s abrupt suggestion that neighboring city Kuwana (within neighboring Mie Prefecture) should consider an IR bid, but rather that they “are proceeding with the gathering of information.”
Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura came under criticism this week for suggesting that the Nagoya IR might actually be located in neighboring Kuwana city—which also happens to be in neighboring Mie Prefecture.
Undeterred by the opposition of the prefectural governor, Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura indicated at a press conference on Monday that he was moving toward a formal declaration of his city’s IR bid intentions in the near future.
Over the weekend police in Nagoya city swooped down on three stores, including one named “Samurai,” which they say offered illegal internet gambling. A total of 17 people were arrested, including 8 store employees and 9 customers.
A corporal has been dismissed from the Ground Self-Defense Forces and six others punished for visiting an illegal internet casino in Nagoya city.
A total of 72 companies sent representatives to the pair of RFI briefings held by the Aichi prefectural government last week, which is related to the development of the island hosting the Chubu Centrair International Airport in Tokoname city.
Despite the less than enthusiastic posture of other important local leaders, Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, a habitual political maverick, is pushing ahead with investigations of a possible IR bid from his central Japanese city.
Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura unexpectedly announced at a press conference on July 17 that he favors an IR bid for his central Japanese city. “I think it would be a good thing for Nagoya to raise its hand,” he said.
Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura announced in a press conference on June 25 that Nagoya Racecourse would be rebuilt at a new location in Yutomi city utilizing the private finance initiative (PFI) method, a first for such a project in Japan.