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Yokohama to withdraw from IR race

  • August 30, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 6:46 p.m.
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Yokohama, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)–Yokohama Mayor Takeharu Yamanaka, who was elected on Aug. 22, said Monday that the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, will withdraw its candidacy to host a casino-featuring integrated resort.


“We will promptly move forward the withdrawal procedures,” Yamanaka, who went to his new office for the first time on Monday, told a press conference.


Yamanaka also revealed that Yokohama will cancel its committee meeting, slated for Thursday, for selecting an IR operator, adding that the major port city will not hold such meetings in the future.


“I will cooperate with others and make sincere efforts toward our common goal of developing Yokohama and making citizens happy,” Yamanaka said later at a meeting with directors-general in the city government.


Yamanaka won the latest election with over 500,000 votes, beating the main rival candidate, former chairman of the National Public Safety Commission Hachiro Okonogi, who was fully backed by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, by a margin of some 180,000 votes.

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