Chants of “We don’t need a casino” interrupt keynote speech being given by Deputy Mayor of Yokohama, Toshihide Hirahara
Japan.- The first IR Expo in Yokohama got off to a fractious start with an anti-casino protester interrupting the keynote address being given by the Deputy Mayor of Yokohama, Toshihide Hirahara.
Hirahara was 10 minutes into his address to an audience of more than 300 when a person sitting in the front row put on a helmet with a built-in microphone and began shouting “We don’t need a casino, we don’t need a casino.”
As he moved towards the Deputy Mayor, a staff member intervened and asked him to return to his seat while Hirahara continued his address as if nothing had happened.
Another 10 minutes passed before the protester and a friend stood up and walked out of the room while again chanting, “We don’t need a casino.”