Once again looking for any means to speed through the process in order to open its anticipated Yumeshima IR before the 2025 World Expo, Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura confirmed in a press conference that the Osaka RFP process would be launched before the end of this year and that Osaka aimed to select its IR operator partner next spring.
The speedy Osaka timeline may even involve the local government moving forward with its own processes before the national government’s regulatory policies are officially adopted.
At the end of last month, as another measure to expedite procedures, Governor Yoshimura announced that his government would launch the required environmental impact assessment on its own, before an IR operator has been chosen, and then present the eventual operator with the bill.
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