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43% for, 41% against Osaka metropolis concept

  • 2015-03-16 15:00:00
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(Sankei: March 16, 2015—p. 3)


 The Sankei Shimbun conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey of Osaka city’s resident voters on March 14-15. Answers were obtained from 1,010 persons. In the survey, respondents were asked about the “Osaka metropolitan government concept” to divide Osaka city into five special wards and reorganize the city with Osaka Prefecture. In response to this question, the city’s public opinion was split, with a total of 43.1% answering in the affirmative and a total of 41.2% in the negative. Respondents were also asked whether they think Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, who is pushing for the Osaka metropolis concept, has sufficiently explained it. In the breakdown of answers to this question, “no” at 70.1% substantially outnumbered “yes” at 22.8%. The survey results show that residents have not been given sufficient information even though the city’s referendum, which will likely be held on May 17, is now two months away. (Abridged)

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