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02/20/2011

Moriyama: Mayor Yamada stepped down from his position

On February 18th, Mayor Nobuhiro Yamada of Moriyama, who was about to step down from his position the following day, held a press conference to look back on his achievements in the past 8 years, saying that he was proud of having implemented policies to improve child-related services.

Mayor Yamada underscored his achievements involving the unification of the preschool and the kindergarten*, and the introduction of the small class system at elementary schools.

*In Japan, preschools and kindergarten are controled by different laws. This usually represents inefficient bureaucracy.

The mayor also mentioned about the closure of Moriyama City Girls' High School that was transferred to the private Ritsumeikan Junior and High School. "It was the toughest decision I made during my terms. I somewhat disappointed the students but they graduated enduring losing their school."

"The citizens trust you more than we think. I would like all of you to move forward our city with them," said the mayor, in front of the city officials at the retiring ceremony.

(Chunichi Shimbun, February 19, 2011)

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