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Kitakyushu city became the second Japanese local government this week to announce that it was dropping out of the IR race, following a similar announc

Kitakyushu Mayor Kenji Kitahashi has indicated that his city will make its basic decision on whether or not to join Japan’s IR race in January, and that discussions with the city council will be completed by the end of March.

Kitakyushu Mayor Kenji Kitahashi met with a group of investors from Hong Kong and the United States on Tuesday who are urging his city to join the IR race.

The Kitakyushu City IR Promotion Council is finding that Kitakyushu Airport Island should become the focus of their IR bid, if they are able to gain the needed political support from Mayor Kenji Kitahashi.

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