TOKYO - The fierce race to win the right to host one of Japan's three integrated resorts (IRs) is heating up, with at least eight areas keen to bet on the potential economic and tourism boom. Tourism minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said on Tuesday (Sept 24) that, based on a Japan Tourism Agency survey, the eight interested parties are Hokkaido, Chiba city, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, an alliance of Osaka Prefecture and Osaka city, Wakayama Prefecture, and Nagasaki Prefecture. Just four of these eight areas - Yokohama, Osaka, Wakayama and Nagasaki - had previously announced their bids to host the IRs, which are slated to open around 2025. The Japan Tourism Agency survey, conducted between Sept 9 and 19, covered all 47 prefectures and 20 ordinance-designated cities. It is not binding, although agency officials have begun interviewing local governments to confirm the status of their preparations. Yet more cities may place bets: Kawasaki city just south of Tokyo, the coastal Hamamatsu city in … [Read more...] about Fierce race in Japan for 3 integrated resort permits
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