Yokohama to set aside US$3.4m for casino

Yokohama will use some of the funds to promote public understanding of the resort project.
Yokohama will use some of the funds to promote public understanding of the resort project.

The city of Yokohama will dedicate the funds to a resorts development plan, the search for a private partner and public promotion of the property.

Japan.- Yokohama City has announced its draft budget for the 2021 financial year in which it reveals plans to set aside JPY360m (US$3.4m) for the city’s planned integrated resort.

The funds, designated to the Urban Development Bureau, would finance the resorts development plan as well as Yokohama’s request-for-approval process to select a private operator partner.

Research on infrastructure and transport access will also be financed by the budget.

In addition, a large proportion of the funds is expected to be used to promote public understanding of the planned casino resort after a number of groups have lobbied against it.

Yukio Edano, head of the Casino Problem Countermeasures HQ, criticised Yokohama City’s decision to reject public calls for a referendum on its intended bid to host an IR.

The opposition mayoral candidate for the city, Masataka Ota, has said he will run his campaign on an anti-casino ticket.

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