Company: Chiba City
Family Name: Kumagai
Given Name: Toshihito
Role: Mayor of Chiba City
IR Stance: Unclear
Profile: After briefly working in NTT Communications, Kumagai became a Chiba City Councilman for the opposition Democratic Party of Japan. His election as mayor in 2009 at age 31 made him the youngest-ever leader of a major Japanese city.
A total of nineteen companies responded to Chiba city’s RFI on the possibility of launching an IR bid at the Makuhari location.
Chiba City has launched an RFI process with an eye to a possible IR bid next to the current Makuhari Messe convention center.
Mayor Toshihito Kumagai continues to signal that he is taking a passive stance on making an IR bid near Makuhari Messe on behalf of an interested consortium of local businesses.
The Chiba city government revealed that it received on May 20 a concrete proposal to build an IR near Makuhari Messe from an unnamed consortium of local city businesses.
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.