It seems last week’s announcement that Yokohama will bid for one of Japan’s first IR licenses has inspired movement in other prefectures. According to The Nikkei, Chiba city announced on Tuesday its intention to accept information such as IR conceptual plans and economic effects from 19 companies and groups in order to decide whether to make an IR bid.
Chiba City also held a preliminary briefing for those companies and groups intending to submit information this week, with the attendees said to have included two local companies and 17 from elsewhere.
In addition to explaining the procedures going forward, the city also emphasized that it had not made a decision either way on whether to make a bid at this time.
Companies and organizations will submit their information from 15 to 28 October 2019. Data will also be collected on requirements for a location and development criteria along with problem gambling countermeasures and information on maintaining security.
The city will conduct individual hearings from November to confirm the intentions of the companies and organizations who have submitted information. The results of the examinations are planned to be announced before the end of the year.
Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura also expressed his opinion regarding an IR at a press conference on 26 August, stating, “We will continue to proceed with investigation and research.”
Aichi is moving forward with researching the area around Chubu International Airport.