Family Name: Ishihara
Given Name: Shintaro
Role: Former Governor of Tokyo
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: One of Japan’s best-known rightwing politicians, the height of Ishihara’s career was his tenure as governor of Tokyo from 1999-2012. In the early years of his governorship, Ishihara effectively launched the casino legalization movement in Japan with his proposal to build a casino along the Tokyo waterfront. His efforts to get national politicians to act on his initiative, however, did not produce any rapid success.
Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, the man who launched the casino legalization movement in Japan almost twenty years ago with his Tokyo waterfront casino concept, no longer believes that Japan’s capital city needs such a development.
The Bureau of Port and Harbor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has announced a public tender for an advisory firm to research the economic and social impacts of building an IR in Japan’s capital city.
The IR Implementation Bill has become law. It authorizes the creation of three major casino resorts in Japan expected to open their doors in the mid-2020s in locations yet to be determined.
In a development that has potential to reshape the IR race in Japan, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike indicates that she is willing to consider an IR bid for the Japanese metropolis.
Masayoshi Oiwane, head of the Japan Casino School, has been working for almost two decades to bring the IR industry to his nation, and now the graduates of his school are well-positioned to gain jobs on the casino floor.