(Mainichi: January 29, 2016 – p. 5)
Toranosuke Katayama, co-leader of the political party Initiatives from Osaka, announced at a press conference on Jan. 28 that his party will put together a “first draft proposal” for constitutional revision by April. The minor opposition party intends to make reform of the governing system and free education the main elements of the draft proposal. As items for constitutional amendment, he indicated that the party will look into tax autonomy which would allow local governments to levy and independently decide on local tax, tax items, and tax rates. The party will also look into a system to make the legal force of ordinances as strong as that of national laws.