The average income of governors in 35 prefectures rose to 24 million yen in 2002, while that of mayors of 10 of the nation’s 13 largest cities fell to 22.37 million yen, with many having their pay and bonuses cut due to tight budgets, according to income reports released Monday.
The average income for the 35 governors, required by local ordinances to disclose their income, rose 540,000 yen from 2001, while that of the 10 mayors’ fell 1.14 million yen, according to data compiled by Kyodo News based on the reports.
Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara topped the governors’ list with 126.08 million yen, mainly on royalties from books he published. Nagoya Mayor Takehisa Matsubara had the highest mayoral earnings, at 29.97 million yen.
Many of the leaders had their salaries and bonuses cut last year due to financial difficulties at local governments amid the nation’s slumping economy. For those whose 2001 earnings data were available for comparison, income fell for 18 of 34 governors and five of seven mayors.
Kagawa Gov. Takeki Manabe ranked lowest among the 35 governors with an income of 12.93 million yen, down 5.09 million yen from 2001, as he gave up his full salary for the months from April through August 2002 to take responsibility for a kickback scandal involving prefectural employees.
The governors and mayors who were in office for the full year in 2002 were required to disclose their income information under local ordinances.
Six governors and one mayor received retirement allowances last year with elections. The mayor of Fukuoka and governors of Ishikawa, Shiga, Nagasaki and Okinawa prefectures did not reveal the amounts because they were not obliged to by disclosure regulations.
Nagano Gov. Yasuo Tanaka, who lost his seat last year after a row with the local assembly but was later re-elected, disclosed his retirement allowance of 23.76 million yen, although he was not required to do so.
Kagawa Gov. Manabe, who was required to make the disclosure, received a 21.04 million yen retirement allowance.
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