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Prefecture, Parties disagree on Assembly seats

Date Posted: 2007-09-27

Its Assembly thinks Okinawa City deserves more Prefecture Assembly seats.

The Prefecture, citing financial woes that spawned a series of city mergers two years ago, says no. Political parties are split on whether Okinawa City should have more representation, with Communists and Socialists saying yes, and the ruling Liberal Democracy Party saying no.

The Prefecture Assembly seats are apportioned on the basis of one per 30,000 constituents in a community. Okinawa City says its Assembly representation is one per 31,600, too many people to be effectively represented. The rules apply to 11 cities based upon a 2005 population headcount.

The cash-strapped Prefecture ordered communities to merge several years ago to reduce government bureaucracy and save money. Okinawa City’s Assembly has voiced its opinion on the need for change in a letter to the Prefecture following its September Assembly meeting.

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