Residents of Yokohama do not want to have casinos in the area

5 September 2018

Local authorities conducted a study on the public's attitude to government policy regarding integrated casino-resorts. Approximately 94% of the citizens of the prefecture of Yokohama, interviewed about the construction of new casinos, expressed a negative opinion.

The results of the survey, conducted from May 14 to June 22, showed that residents of the prefecture are concerned about the prospect of building a casino. However, the reasons were not mentioned.

According to the Ministry of the Interior and Communications of the country, Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan. Japanese brokerage company Nomura last fall identified Yokohama as the main candidate for the construction of a casino resort.

Residents of the city and representatives of public organizations were interviewed regarding the attitude to the new four-year plan for the development of the city. The document covers possible options for public policy in the period from 2018 to 2021. According to the information received, a total of 830 individuals or legal entities participated in the survey. There were expressed 2129 different points of view. Comments on plans for the placement of the casino-resort (IR) accounted for 20% of their total number.

Experts suggest that for work in Japanese casino resorts, the authorities will have to attract foreign citizens, as few residents expressed a desire to get jobs in the gambling industry.

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