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Yokohama continues to promote IR bid

The city government is seeking support for its IR plans.
The city government is seeking support for its IR plans.

The city is promoting the initiative through a Facebook page in an attempt to overcome opposition.

Japan.- Yokohama city remains divided over the prospect of an IR.

While opponents have collected signatures calling for a referendum on the city’s candidacy for an IR lience, there is a strong support for the project in the business sector.

The local government has launched a Japanese-language Facebook page to promote its IR initiative in a bid to drum up support.

The page, Yokohama Innovation IR, explains what an integrated resort is.

The city had already launched a website where it published similar content to promote the plan. However, despite all efforts, public opinion polls have shown 2-to-1 against the city’s plans.

A citizens’ movement gained enough signatures to trigger a referendum on whether or not the IR bid should proceed. Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has publicly indicated that she would respect the outcome of the referendum.

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