Kitakyushu City


    Prefecture: Fukuoka

    Population (Prefectural): 5.1 million

    GDP (Prefectural): 18.9 trillion yen

    Candidate Site: Undetermined

    Main IR Assets: Located within the most populous prefecture on Kyushu island with easy access to Honshu via the Shinkansen and by airports.

    Key Proponent: Kitakyushu City IR Promotion Council


    Kitahashi, Kenji

    Family Name: Kitahashi Given Name: Kenji Party: Independent Role: Mayor of Kitakyushu City IR Stance: Neutral Profile: Kitahashi was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1986. He was an opposition lawmaker, eventually joining the Democratic Party of Japan when it was formed in 1998. In 2007, he ran for the post of Kitakyushu mayor and became the first opposition party-related politician to win that office in four decades. However, in more recent elections his political base shifted to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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