In his first policy speech as mayor on Friday, Mr Yamanaka said Yokohama was no longer interested in participating in the casino license bidding process due to gambling addiction and concerns about the impact of gambling houses on public safety.
Therefore, the city immediately stopped all efforts to win the right to host the integrated casino resort. Mayor Yamanaka further said the Yokohama Integrated Promotion Office would be dismantled early next month. The office was established in October 2019 to promote casino plans heavily backed by his predecessor.
Yokohama’s new mayor has fulfilled his campaign promise to pull Yokohama out of Japan’s casino race. This will see the central government issue up to three licenses for integrated resorts with game floors and other amenities. 경마
Yokohama’s former mayor announced in August 2019 that Yokohama would push for a casino license. The announcement attracted the attention of international gaming and hospitality giants with great potential in the city as hosts of mega resorts with casinos, hotels, food and beverage facilities, and various tourist attractions.