• Kyodo, JIJI


Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said Monday they may step down before their terms expire next year and use their re-election bids to try and realize their goal of reorganizing the city of Osaka into a metropolitan government.

“If we can hold a unified election, we hope to again seek the judgment of the people,” Matsui told reporters, adding that he is weighing the possibility of resigning before the end of his term so that elections to pick the governor and mayor will fall on the same day as unified local elections in the spring next year.

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