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Off-track betting office nixed by Omoromachi residents

Date Posted: 2008-01-12

Plans for an off-track betting parlor in Naha City’s Omoromachi new town district have been called off after residents protested.
A vendor intended the parlor as the spot to place bets on motorboat races, but the Omoromachi Residents Association quickly got the message “We residents are against building the off-track betting place in this peaceful area,” and building construction was stopped. The unhappy vendor noted a percentage of sales from his betting operation would go to area residents, and said the races operation was to have been in a well planned location where many people gather.
Kokichi Uehara, chairman of the Omoromachi Safety Town Promotion Society, said “It was good the vendor resigned, because we expressed our opinion right away.” Uehara says he told the vendor his operation wasn’t wanted, but says “they might again come up to build this off-track betting place, so we still fight with them.”

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