Okinawa’s new governor is a staunch opponent of casinos

The new governor of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, following the September 30 elections, was casino rival Danny Tamaki, who received 55% of the vote.

Bad news for casino operators looking to invest in integrated resorts in Japan, especially in Okinawa, a tiny island between Japan, Taiwan and mainland China. New Governor Danny Tamaki is strongly opposed to casinos and integrated resorts, taking the same stance as previous Governor of Okinawa Takeshi Onaga, who died in early August.

Note that the losing candidate for governor of Okinawa Jun Sakimu, who is considered a supporter of the gambling industry, was supported by the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito Party. However, in these elections, he received 44% of the vote.

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