IR 'Ripple Effect' Policy Hurdle Looms For Japan's Regional Candidates

Economically disadvantaged regional candidates for a Japanese integrated resort (IR) are facing the conundrum of trying to retain visitation as long as possible while sharing IR-generated tourism with the rest of Japan to satisfy national policy.

On the opening panel of the Nikkei Integrated Resort Forum in Tokyo on Wednesday, the chairman of the expert advisory panel to the Office of Integrated Resort Regime Promotion, the central government’s IR policy task force, told regional city delegates that the successful bidding city has a duty to the rest of Japan after it secures an IR licence.

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