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Some 47.8 percent of Osaka voters oppose a plan to turn the city administration into a metropolitan government similar to Tokyo’s and 39.5 percent support it, according to a poll one week before the matter will be put to a referendum.

The third weekend telephone survey, conducted Saturday and Sunday by Kyodo News, found that opposition has fallen slightly since the previous survey conducted April 4 and 5, when 47.5 percent opposed the plan and 36.7 percent backed it.

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