The Kanagawa Prefectural Assembly has enacted a bylaw limiting a governor to three consecutive terms in office, or 12 years. It will not take effect, though, until the central government places a limit on the number of times a person can be elected as governor or mayor, by revising the Local Autonomy Law, for example.

This is the first such bylaw, although nine local autonomous bodies, including Saitama Prefecture and Tokyo’s Suginami Ward, have bylaws calling on governors and mayors to voluntarily refrain from seeking re-election more than three times.

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