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07/17/2011

Shiga Governor's private home violates the Construction Standard Act

It turned out on July 13 that Shiga Governor Yukiko Kada's private home was illegally built violating the Construction Standard Act. The building owned by the governor is located at the foot of Mt. Hiei in Otsu. The City Office has started examining the possibility of whether it should be removed or not.

In regard to this issue, a 69-year-old owner of small business sent the prefectural government an open letter asking the governor to respond. According to the man, the one-story building with a barn was constructed in 1981, and was bought by the governor in 1990.

The Otsu City Office says that the building is located in a restricted area where a building certificate is required when constructing a new building. "It's obvious that the building violates the act, and we are now examining the possibility of removing it," says Yoshitsugu Yokoe, an official of the city's Building and Housing Guidance Division.

No comments on this issue have been made by the governor because she is out of town going on a business trip to Akita Prefecture. 

(Sankei Shimbun, July 13, 2011)

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