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A Cabinet Office panel on the promotion of devolution is pushing discussions that will lead to the preparation of a third set of recommendations for the prime minister. This set was originally supposed to be submitted in May, but its submission was postponed to September because of strong opinion within the seven-member panel that the recommendation should go to a new administration formed after the Aug. 30 Lower House election.

The main subject of the panel’s discussions is how to strengthen the financial basis of local governments. The goal is to enable local governments to enjoy financial autonomy so that they can provide services needed by local residents and carry out other administrative duties without relying on money from the central government.

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