Kuwana City

    Website: http://www.city.kuwana.lg.jp/

    Prefecture: Mie

    Population (Prefectural): 1.8 million

    GDP (Prefectural): 8 trillion yen

    Candidate Site: Nagashima Spa Land

    Main IR Assets: Kuwana sits at the edge of the Nagoya metropolitan area. The candidate site, Nagashima Spa Land, is already developed as an entertainment zone and is contiguous to Ise Bay.

    Key Proponent: Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura

    People

    Suzuki, Eikei

    Family Name: Suzuki Given Name: Eikei Party: Independent Role: Governor of Mie Prefecture IR Stance: Unclear Profile: Born in Hyogo Prefecture, Suzuki's early career was in METI. He left the ministry after only ten years to run as a Liberal Democratic Party candidate for the House of Representatives in 2009. He lost that election. However, two years later he ran for the post of Governor of Mie Prefecture and won, becoming, at age 36, the youngest governor in the nation.

    Ito, Narutaka

    Family Name: Ito Given Name: Narutaka Party: Independent Role: Mayor of Kuwana City IR Stance: Unclear Profile: Ito worked for five years at Fuji Television before running successfully for the Kuwana City Council in 2006. He made an unsuccessful first bid to become mayor in 2008, returned to the city council in 2010, and was successfully elected mayor in 2012 with wide political support.

    Okamoto, Naoyuki

    Family Name: Okamoto Given Name: Naoyuki Organization: Mie Prefectural Chamber of Commerce & Industry Role: Chairman IR Stance: Advocate Profile: Okamoto spent most of his career working for the Kintetsu Railway company before leaving in 2009 to lead Mie Kotsu Group Holdings. Additionally, he became Chairman of the Mie Prefectural Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2016.

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