Company: Chiba City
Family Name: Morita
Given Name: Kensaku
Role: Governor of Chiba Prefecture
IR Stance: Unclear
Profile: With an early career as an actor and singer, Morita eventually moved into politics, elected three times as a national lawmaker. In 2009, on his second attempt, he was elected governor of Chiba Prefecture.
A total of nineteen companies responded to Chiba city’s RFI on the possibility of launching an IR bid at the Makuhari location.
Chiba is a third municipality in the Japanese capital region still actively mulling the possibility of an IR bid. This was revealed by Chiba’s response to the recent central government survey of all 47 prefectures and 20 designated cities, according to a report in the Asahi Shinbun.
In his June 7 regular press conference, Chiba Governor Kensaku Morita explained in response to a reporter’s question that his position on an IR bid from within the prefecture was a “blank slate”—a passive stance rather than an active one.