Population (Prefectural): 9.2 million
GDP (Prefectural): 33.9 trillion yen
Candidate Site: Near Haneda Airport
Main IR Assets: Location next to Haneda Airport, the largest airport in Japan, serving the entire capital region, as well as a large proportion of the tourists visiting Japan.
Key Proponent: Mayor Norihiko Fukuda
Family Name: Fukuda
Given Name: Norihiko
Role: Mayor of Kawasaki City
IR Stance: Unclear
Profile: Educated partly in the United States, Fukuda's political career was launched in 2003 when he was elected to the Kanagawa Prefectural Assembly. In 2013, he was elected to the post of Mayor of Kawasaki City.
Left-leaning opposition parties are stepping up their political push against the establishment of casino gambling within their local communities, provoking new developments in both the Kanagawa and Hokkaido gubernatorial election campaigns.
Every local government IR bid in the nation remains dependent upon conservative or the right wing forces remaining in power in all major executive and legislative bodies. There is not a single left-of-center political party or major institution that isn’t hostile to casino legalization and ready to pull the plug on the local IR plans.
The central government survey of the IR intentions of prefectures and designated cities turned up another surprise as it became known that the Kawasaki municipal government also indicated that a bid was “under consideration.” That means that at least four municipalities in the Kanto region—Tokyo, Yokohama, Chiba, and now Kawasaki—are mulling IR bids, though none of them have yet committed themselves.