Lego seeks theme park in Nagoya

Kyodo

Officials involved with the operation of Legoland theme parks have sought the support of Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura for a bid to open in 2016 the toy maker’s first play land in Japan.

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, chairman of Kirkbi A/S, the largest shareholder of Lego A/S, told a meeting Wednesday at City Hall that Lego hopes by “early August or autumn” to officially select Nagoya as the site.

“We’ll cooperate in the construction,” Kawamura said. The Lego officials later visited a 10-hectare candidate site near the port of Nagoya. City officials said Lego plans to fill the theme park with miniatures, built with its plastic blocks, of notable sites in Japan and elsewhere, as well as rides, shops and accommodations facilities.