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Home Affairs Minister Mitsuhiro Uesugi has expressed support for a plan to convert Tokyo’s 23 wards into full-fledged municipal bodies, Tokyo Gov. Yukio Aoshima said Thursday.

“The minister promised he will certainly submit related bills to the next Diet session,” Aoshima said after his meeting with the minister. If the bills are passed, by April 2000 each ward office would receive more autonomy and financial power from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

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