Hokkaido Poll Shows Sharp Rise in Opposition to IR Development

If a new poll by the Hokkaido Shinbun is to be believed, public opinion in the northernmost prefecture has shifted strongly in opposition to an IR bid.

The new poll shows a combined 72% of the respondents against an IR bid from the prefecture, with 42% decidedly negative on the concept. This compares to a combined 26% in favor, including only 7% who are strongly in favor of an IR bid.

These results represent a 17 point shift against the IR bid in just the past three months.

New Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki has also taken a cautious stance on making an IR bid since he was elected in April, disappointing a number of international operators which have taken strong interest in Tomakomai as a candidate IR location. (AGB Nippon)