Company: Makinohara City
Family Name: Sugimoto
Given Name: Kikuo
Role: Mayor of Makinohara City
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: Sugimoto spent his career in local government, eventually rising to the post of deputy mayor in 2013. Four years later he ran for the post of mayor and was elected.
Makinohara city’s seven-month campaign to make an IR bid has come to an abrupt end after finding that the Shizuoka prefectural government, whose support is a necessary condition to move forward, has taken an uncooperative stance towards the city’s proposal.
Makinohara Mayor Kikuo Sugimoto has told his city council that local residents near the Oyori area have offered no objections to the plans to make an IR bid after the concept was explained to them.
Makinohara city has recently become one of the most proactive local governments in preparing the ground for an IR bid, with the latest initiative being a lecture series about IRs aimed at skeptical local residents.
Makinohara Mayor Kikuo Sugimoto has identified a forested, 160-hectare site in the Oyori area of his city as the candidate site to construct an IR.
Makinohara Mayor Kikuo Sugimoto announced at his regular press conference last Thursday that he supports the IR bid that has been proposed by local businessmen in his community, thus confirming that this small municipality in Shizuoka Prefecture is also in the IR licensing race.