Regarding the June 20 story “Osaka's second merger push faces pitfalls from pandemic, Abe's poll woes,” before the Tokyo Metropolitan Government merged their wards from 35 to 22, there had been Fukagawa Ward and Joto Ward, which are now called Koto Ward. A lot of citizens of Fukagawa Ward lamented the fact that their beloved and historical name of Fukuagawa would disappear. A merger of New Osaka would bring about not only financial and political but also emotional effects. Though Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura and his party are seemingly enjoying a tailwind because of their COVID-19 handling, we should cool-headedly scrutinize their specific plans on a merger again.

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