Two-thirds of central government jobs currently assigned to prefectural governors and heads of municipalities should be transferred to local authorities, an advisory panel to the prime minister said July 8.

The proposal was among recommendations put forward by the advisory panel to shift administrative functions to the local level as part of Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto’s reform efforts. The Local Autonomy Law currently identifies 561 functions that it obliges local authorities to carry out on behalf of the national government.

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