Komeito Agrees to Support Osaka Metropolis Plan

Politics

Osaka, May 25 (Jiji Press)--The Komeito party's local chapter in Osaka Prefecture agreed Saturday to support the so-called Osaka metropolis plan of Osaka Ishin no Kai, a regional party based in the western Japan prefecture.

The move is expected to pave the way for a second local referendum on the regional administrative reform plan to be held as early as autumn next year, after a concrete design for the project is drawn up possibly in a year's time.

At a meeting on Saturday evening, senior officials of the two parties confirmed that Komeito supports the metropolis vision and cooperates with Osaka Ishin to realize it.

The meeting was attended by Osaka Ishin leader Ichiro Matsui, who doubles as mayor of the city of Osaka, the prefecture's capital, Hirofumi Yoshimura, Osaka Ishin policy chief and Osaka governor, and Shigeki Sato, head of the prefectural chapter of Komeito.

Komeito, the ruling coalition partner of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party in national politics, had opposed the metropolis plan, which calls for reorganizing the prefectural capital into special wards like those in Tokyo.

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