Hokkaido Abandons Japanese IR Campaign

Hokkaido’s governor has announced that the prefecture will cease its campaign to host one of Japan’s first three integrated resorts (IRs).

Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki told the prefectural legislative assembly today that environmental concerns had made it “impossible” for the government to submit a feasible bid within the central government’s timetable.

"An integrated resort in Hokkaido which would coexist with nature has big potential,” Kyodo News agency reported Suzuki as saying.

“But I thought it would be impossible for us to give due consideration to the environment in the limited period of time before the government selects the locations.”

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