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All eyes on Tokyo after Yokohama IR pullout upends Japan's plans

The waterside district of Odaiba has been floated as a potential site. PHOTO: AFP
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TOKYO - With newly elected Yokohama Mayor Takeharu Yamanaka having halted his city's bid to host one of Japan's first three integrated resorts (IRs), the attention has now turned on what Tokyo might do.

Yokohama, a city of 3.7 million just half an hour by train from central Tokyo, was seen as the regional "representative". Its fervent interest meant Tokyo, the bustling capital of 14 million people, had stayed coy of its plans.

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