Osaka to Hold Double Elections over Metropolis Plan
Osaka, March 8 (Jiji Press)--The heads of Osaka Prefecture and the city of Osaka on Friday offered to resign from the posts, before their present terms of office expire late this year, and decided to seek reelection, in the other's current position, in order to seek voter support for their "Osaka metropolis" plan.
Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura submitted their resignations to the chiefs of the Osaka prefectural and municipal assemblies, respectively.
In their letters of resignation, the two said that they will quit on March 20, after the end of the assemblies' ongoing sessions, where fiscal 2019 draft budgets for the prefecture and its capital city are now being discussed.
At a meeting of Osaka Ishin no Kai, a regional political party, on Friday, Matsui, leader of the party, and Yoshimura, its policy chief, announced their intentions to run in the subsequent Osaka mayoral and gubernatorial elections, respectively.
The polls will likely take place on April 7, when the first round of unified local elections will be held across Japan, including elections for the Osaka prefectural and municipal assemblies.
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