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Government to help municipalities establish regulatory reform councils

  • 2015-11-13 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: November 13, 2015 – p. 4)


 In a meeting of the Regulatory Reform Council (chaired by Motoyuki Oka, an adviser of Sumitomo Corporation) held on Nov. 12, the government decided on a plan to support local governments in establishing local regulatory reform councils to deliberate on deregulation at the local level . The administration will encourage municipalities to form such councils and provide them with information on running them. In this way, the government intends to have local governments move forward with administrative reform by revising ordinances and regulations based on the opinions of residents and companies.


 The Regulatory Reform Council has advanced deregulation at the national level; however, many details of regulations are set forth by prefectural governments’ ordinances. For example, the operation of restaurants requires approval by prefectural governors under the Food Sanitation Law, and the facility requirements are defined by ordinances. Another example is lodging facilities. The requirements for the size of hotel guest rooms and lobbies are set forth by prefectural regulations.

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