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Potential IR site identified in Hokkaido

The site is a 100-hectare plot located in the Uenae area.
The site is a 100-hectare plot located in the Uenae area.

The region had withdrawn from Japan’s integrated resort race but the city of Tomakomai has now earmarked a possible location.

Japan.- The city of Tomakomai on the island of Hokkaido has identified a potential location for an integrated resort and is seeking prefectural approval to participate in the bids for the three casino licences to be granted in 2022.

The news could effectively put Hokkaido back in the race to host one of Japan’s three IRs after the region withdrew its interest in November.

The site identified is a 100-hectare plot located in the Uenae area near Chitose Airport. The city believes the place has potential for an IR development without generating negative environmental impact, something that would be taken into account during the process of approval and selection of a private partner.

Tomakomai still has to gain approval from Hokkaido’s governor, Naomichi Suzuki, because any bid for a licence needs to be made at the prefecture level.

In order to gain support, the city has indicated that it is willing to bear the maintenance cost of roads, water, and sewage facilities.

The cost would be around JPY7.8bn (US$74.8m) for water and sewage, and JPY10bn (US$95.9m) for maintaining the surrounding roads. Electricity and gas supplies must also be obtained.

An update from the General Development Special Committee is expected at the regular city council meeting on December 10.

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