Company: Kuwana City
Family Name: Ito
Given Name: Narutaka
Role: Mayor of Kuwana City
IR Stance: Unclear
Profile: Ito worked for five years at Fuji Television before running successfully for the Kuwana City Council in 2006. He made an unsuccessful first bid to become mayor in 2008, returned to the city council in 2010, and was successfully elected mayor in 2012 with wide political support.
Kuwana Mayor Narutaka Ito indicated at a press conference on the 13th that he supports an investigation by the Mie Prefectural Government of an IR bid, and his comments suggested that he views an IR as a potential benefit to his community.
Mie Governor Eikei Suzuki, 44, is expected on Thursday to formally launch his campaign for a third term as Governor of Mie Prefecture. His victory is probably a political precondition for the city of Kuwana to make an IR bid, should the local municipality decide to do so.
Kuwana Mayor Narutaka Ito made clear at his regular press conference on Tuesday that his administration has not outright rejected Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura’s abrupt suggestion that neighboring city Kuwana (within neighboring Mie Prefecture) should consider an IR bid, but rather that they “are proceeding with the gathering of information.”
Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura came under criticism this week for suggesting that the Nagoya IR might actually be located in neighboring Kuwana city—which also happens to be in neighboring Mie Prefecture.