All eyes on Tokyo after Yokohama IR pullout upends Japan’s plans
by Walter Sim
With newly elected Yokohama Mayor Takeharu Yamanaka having halted his city’s bid to host one of Japan’s first three integrated resorts (IRs), attention has now turned to what Tokyo might do.
Yokohama, a city of 3.7 million people just half an hour by train from central Tokyo, was seen as the regional “representative”. Its fervent interest in hosting an IR meant that Tokyo, the bustling capital of 14 million people, had stayed coy about its plans.
But murmurs are emerging among metropolitan officials that the capital city, having incurred massive bills for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, can benefit from the windfall of hosting an IR. The waterside district of Odaiba has been floated as a potential site.
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