Population (Prefectural): 3.6 million
GDP (Prefectural): 16.5 trillion yen
Candidate Site: Nihondaira
Main IR Assets: The area sits along the Pacific Ocean coastline with a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji. It is also within reasonable distance of both the Kanto and Kansai regions.
Key Proponent: Former Mayor Shingo Amano
The prospect that the Nihondaira plateau in the center of Shizuoka city might become host to an IR bid has been eliminated about six weeks after it was first proposed. Shingo Amano, the candidate for mayor of Shizuoka city who championed this initiative was defeated in elections on Sunday.
Makinohara city has recently become one of the most proactive local governments in preparing the ground for an IR bid, with the latest initiative being a lecture series about IRs aimed at skeptical local residents.
Shingo Amano, a candidate for mayor of Shizuoka city, is doing something that no other challenger for a significant local government office has done before—he is using a proposal to build an IR as a means of gathering political support.