Genting Singapore had already confirmed it would partner with five reputable Japanese corporates including Sega Sammy Holdings, Sohgo Security Services Co., (ALSOK), Kajima Corporation, Takenaka Corporation and Obayashi Corporation as it looks to land a casino licence in Yokohama City.
The withdrawal from the race leaves three regions and three consortiums vying for three projects with Osaka, Wakayama and Nagasaki reaminging the only regions left in the race.
The move leaves MGM Resorts as the chosen candidate in Osaka, Casinos Austria as the chosen partner in Nagasaki and Clairvest as the chosen company to lead the project in Wakayama.
Yamanaka also revealed that Yokohama will cancel its committee meeting, slated for tomorrow (Thursday 2), for selecting an operator of a so-called integrated resort, adding that the major port city will not hold such meetings in the future.
“I will cooperate with others and make sincere efforts toward our common goal of developing Yokohama and making citizens happy,” Yamanaka said later at a meeting with directors-general in the city government.
Yamanaka won the election with over 500,000 votes, beating the main rival candidate — former chairman of the National Public Safety Commission Hachiro Okonogi, who was fully backed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga — by a margin of some 180,000 votes.