Company: Nagoya City
Family Name: Kawamura
Given Name: Takashi
Party: Tax Cut Japan
Role: Mayor of Nagoya City
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: A native of Nagoya, Kawamura spent most of his political career in the House of Representatives, bouncing from one political party to another. First elected Mayor of Nagoya in 2009, he created his own “Tax Cut Japan” local political party. Kawamura’s colorful character and media savvy have made him a nationally-known figure.
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.
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.
Kuwana Mayor Narutaka Ito made clear at his regular press conference on Tuesday that his administration has not outright rejected Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura’s abrupt suggestion that neighboring city Kuwana (within neighboring Mie Prefecture) should consider an IR bid, but rather that they “are proceeding with the gathering of information.”
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.
A total of 72 companies sent representatives to the pair of RFI briefings held by the Aichi prefectural government last week, which is related to the development of the island hosting the Chubu Centrair International Airport in Tokoname 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.