Family Name: Hagiuda
Given Name: Koichi
Party: Liberal Democratic Party
Role: Executive Acting Secretary-General
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: Hagiuda has spent his entire career in politics, beginning with the Hachioji City Council at age 27. He is affiliated with Nippon Kaigi and rightwing political stances. In more recent years he became one of the closest aides to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, serving for a time as Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary. He has also been the key spokesman for Abe on the issue of establishing IRs in Japan.
Suncity Group Executive Director John Au Chung On made clear at a symposium on Monday that his company was planning to make an IR bid in Japan, and that Wakayama was a location that they are focusing on.
The Nihon Keizai Shinbun’s high-powered IR Forum in Tokyo drew more than six hundred guests, not including the many others who reportedly had to be turned away by an excess of applications. The event brought together government officials, IR operators, analysts, and others for an intensive day-long event last Wednesday.
Makoto Nakagawa, deputy-secretary general of the Abe Cabinet’s Office of Integrated Resort Regime Promotion—an elite bureaucrat and arguably the single-most influential individual at this juncture when it comes to designing specific policies related to the establishment of Japan’s IR industry—remained for the entire three hours of an event in Tokyo on Thursday that discussed public policymaking regarding anti-gambling addiction countermeasures in Canada.