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A bill being considered in the town of Maihara, Shiga Prefecture, for a plebiscite on mergers with other municipalities would give permanent foreign residents the right to vote, according to town sources.

If the bill clears the assembly and becomes an ordinance, Maihara will become the first town to allow foreigners with permanent residency status to vote in a plebiscite, the Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry said Tuesday.

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