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Residents resolute against merger of municipalities

Date Posted: 2003-09-19

The central government plan to unite smaller municipalities into larger ones is meeting stiff resistance among residents, or gross indifference at best. Ie Village residents in July soundly defeated a plan to merge the village with Nago City in a referendum, even though their decision means that the village will lose a large amount of central government subsidies.

In another referendum, this one in Nishihara on Sep. 14, only 30.2 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot, forcing the town government to declare the referendum invalid, as less than half of the voters bothered to cast their vote. The referendum question was the proposed merger of Nishihara Town with Ginowan City and Nakagusuku Village. The low voter turnout meant that the vote was considered “no” by default.

At a press conference after the vote, Nishihara Town Mayor Masasada Onago said that the result left him no choice but to cancel the proposal of forming a consolidation committee to prepare for the merger. The mayor had planned to present the proposal at the town assembly regular September business meeting. “Because of the low turnout I am not going to put forward this proposal,” Onago said.

He also said the scheduled meeting of the mayors of the three municipalities to discuss the merger would not go ahead as planned. All municipalities have until March 2005 to complete the planned mergers. Those that fail to meet the deadline will lose their subsidy money from the central government in Tokyo.

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