Yokohama mayor promises to respect IR referendum results

Yokohama will hold a referendum next year.
Yokohama will hold a referendum next year.

The city will hold a referendum next year on its proposals to bid to host a casino resort.

Japan.- The mayor of Yokohama city, Fumiko Hayashi, has committed to respect the results of a public referendum that will decide whether the city will compete to host an integrated resort.

The mayor told local press: “If the referendum as to IR takes place and the majority votes for opposition, I would act as in accordance with the results”.

Opponents campaigning against the IR plans collected voter signatures to trigger a referendum on the issue. A bill to permit the referendum will be submitted to the city’s council early next year.

On October 13, authorities in Yokohama announced a fresh request-for-concept (RFC) phase for its proposed IR bid to take revised proposals from potential private partners following central government’s publication of its basic policy document on IR. This RFC will run until the end of November.

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