Japan to Shelve Consumer Agency Relocation to Tokushima

Politics

Tokyo, July 8 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will shelve a plan to relocate the full functions of the Consumer Affairs Agency to Tokushima Prefecture, western Japan, informed sources said Monday.

After accepting a proposal from the Tokushima prefectural government, the agency opened a pilot office within the prefectural government's office in 2017 and had been considering whether to move fully to the prefecture.

The agency, however, concluded that it would be difficult to transfer all its functions to the provincial office, from perspectives such as crisis management and responses to parliamentary business, according to the sources.

It also hopes to make the Tokushima office a permanent base from fiscal 2020 to study and improve consumer policies.

In a report compiled in May this year, a research committee under the Cabinet Office's Consumer Commission said that the office functioned as a base for empirical research.

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