Company: Sasebo City
Family Name: Nakamura
Given Name: Hodo
Role: Governor of Nagasaki Prefecture
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: Nakamura spent his career as a Nagasaki prefectural bureaucrat, rising from entry level to the position of vice-governor. He retired from the service and ran successfully for the post of governor in 2010. He is now in his third term as governor.
The most remarkable aspect of the Kyushu-Nagasaki IR Business Connect Seminar held last week was that it revealed that there are a number potential IR operator bidders that were previously not known to be in the race for a regional Japanese IR.
Speaking before the Nagasaki Prefectural Assembly last Friday, Nagasaki Governor Hodo Nakamura reaffirmed his support for the Sasebo IR bid and urged the national government not to delay too much in issuing its IR regulations and establishing the national regulatory framework.
Nagasaki has made a major step forward in its plans to bid for an IR license by forming a trilateral agreement between the prefecture, city, and the Huis Ten Bosch theme park operator regarding the precise location for the proposed IR.
A citizens’ group opposing the bid for an IR at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo city, Nagasaki, held its inaugural meeting on Sunday with the participation of about eighty people.
Sasebo Mayor Norio Tomonaga’s visit to the University of Macau at the end of last week highlighted the growing links between the two parties regarding the development of the IR industry in Japan.