Company: Tokoname City
Family Name: Omura
Given Name: Hideaki
Role: Governor of Aichi Prefecture
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: Starting out as a national bureaucrat in the Agriculture Ministry, Omura shifted to politics in 1996, winning election as a ruling party lawmaker in the House of Representatives. After winning five terms and serving in various capacities, he shifted again in 2011, this time running successfully for the post of governor. He was reelected in 2015.
The Aichi Prefectural Government has announced that “Aichi Sky Expo,” its new exhibition center on Chubu Centrair International Airport Island in Tokoname city, will open on August 30, and that for the following two days it will host a large-scale eSports tournament.
Hideaki Omura was easily elected to a third term as Governor of Aichi Prefecture on Sunday, trouncing a challenger backed by the Japan Communist Party.
Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura told a press conference on Monday that he was still searching for a candidate location for an IR. His criteria was that it should be within thirty minutes travel time of Nagoya Station and must possess a minimum of five hectares of land.
Osaka, Wakayama, and Nagasaki—only these three prefectures are willing to openly admit that they will be making IR bids, according to a survey of all 47 prefectures and 20 designated cities conducted by Kyodo News in the latter part of 2018.
Last Thursday the election period began in the Aichi gubernatorial election, which has implications for both IR proposals in the prefecture. However, there is little reason to believe that incumbent Governor Hideaki Omura will not win in a landslide.
Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura came under criticism this week for suggesting that the Nagoya IR might actually be located in neighboring Kuwana city—which also happens to be in neighboring Mie Prefecture.
Undeterred by the opposition of the prefectural governor, Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura indicated at a press conference on Monday that he was moving toward a formal declaration of his city’s IR bid intentions in the near future.
Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura announced his bid for a third term on Thursday, declaring, “I would like to have responsibility for taking the lead in Japan’s future and furthering the development of Aichi.”
A delegation of local mayors has asked Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura to run for reelection when his second term ends next February, a race that will have implications for the potential IR bids of both Tokoname city and Nagoya city.
Despite the less than enthusiastic posture of other important local leaders, Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, a habitual political maverick, is pushing ahead with investigations of a possible IR bid from his central Japanese city.
Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura unexpectedly announced at a press conference on July 17 that he favors an IR bid for his central Japanese city. “I think it would be a good thing for Nagoya to raise its hand,” he said.
Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura announced in a press conference on June 25 that Nagoya Racecourse would be rebuilt at a new location in Yutomi city utilizing the private finance initiative (PFI) method, a first for such a project in Japan.