Family Name: Hosoda
Given Name: Hiroyuki
Party: Liberal Democratic Party
Role: Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Hosoda Faction
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: Beginning his career as a MITI bureaucrat, Hosoda was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 from Shimane Prefecture. He has held the senior offices of Chief Cabinet Secretary (2004-2005) and Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party (2008-2009). He is currently the head of the ruling party’s largest faction and the chairman of the parliamentary association that called for the establishment of Integrated Resorts in Japan.
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.
In a remarkable move, Hiroyuki Hosoda, a senior ruling party politician, publicly pushed Okinawa to make an IR bid in spite of the fact that the newly-elected Governor Denny Tamaki has stated repeatedly that he opposes such a bid.
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.
Japan’s largest weekly news magazine by circulation, Shukan Bunshun, has published an article accusing Caesars Entertainment of engaging in a practice which they contend effectively amounts to the bribery of Japanese politicians, but which Caesars argues is an accepted and legal practice.