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07/10/2011

Shiga Prefecture will reduce the number of Vice-Governors

On July 7, the Shiga Prefectural Government announced that Takashi Arakawa will succeed Koichiro Yoneda who is supposed to step down from the position of one of the two Vice-Governors. Arakawa is currently a director of Fire Defense Agency.

The other Vice-Governor Uichiro Taguchi will retire too, but he won't be replaced by anyone. In other words, the prefecture will reduce the number of the vice-governors from two to one. This proposal will be discussed at a session of the Prefectural Assembly.

"Considering the current circumstances requiring administrative reform, someone like Mr. Arakawa, who is familiar with both national and local administration, is needed," says an official of the prefecture.

The Liberal Democratic Party, considered to be an opposition party against Governor Kada, is likely to approve it because the party has insisted on reducing the number of Vice-Governors. The new Vice-Governor will be appointed on July 26 after the two Vice-Governors leave office on July 25.

(Kyoto Shimbun, July 7, 2011)

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