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Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui said Wednesday he will aim to hold a referendum on Nov. 1 on whether to restructure the city into a metropolis like Tokyo to achieve more effective governance.

Matsui said that the referendum for the Osaka metropolis plan will be held provided that the novel coronavirus pandemic is under control. While Matsui had indicated he was seeking to hold the vote in early November, it is the first time he has specified a date.

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