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The mayor of Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, submitted a bill Monday calling for the temporary suspension of the city’s deputy mayor position.

He said the move would save money and promote faster decision-making.

In submitting the bill to a regular session of the city assembly, Mayor Kimiyasu Tsuchiya said, “There have been no problems despite the absence of a deputy mayor.”

According to the Local Autonomy Law, every municipal government is allowed to have one deputy mayor. The city has the right to abolish the post, however, if it establishes a local municipal bylaw to do so.

The assembly is to vote on the bill June 25. It envisions putting a bylaw into effect July 1.

Since August, Tsuchiya has left the deputy mayor position vacant and has operated with 13 directors in the city government.

A section promoting reform in the city government said the absence of a deputy mayor will make the decision-making process faster and save the city about 17 million yen in remunerations.

According to the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications, only three municipalities — Ota, Gunma Prefecture, the town of Yamaoka in Gifu Prefecture, and the village of Mikurajima in Tokyo do not have deputy mayors.

Yamato has a population of about 216,000.

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