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Okayama City Council(1)

Decision

The City Council decides on important matters in city politics. Its main areas of jurisdiction are as follows.

  • Determining the final budget.
  • Confirming the accounts.
  • Dealing with city taxes, rental fees, and handling charges.
  • Confirmation of city policies.

The City Council investigates whether or not city policies are being properly managed,, and whether or not office work is being processed efficiently. The Council may ask the audit commissioners for technical audits and demand reports of receipts and disbursements from officials.

Election and agreement

When a matter is under national or prefectural government jurisdiction, it is impossible for the City Council to settle it alone even if the challenges are related to citizen’s daily lives. In such cases, the City Council submits written opinions or demands to the authority concerned and asks for the matter to be solved at an early stage.

Submission of written opinions and demands

When a matter is under national or prefectural government jurisdiction, it is impossible for the City Council to settle it alone even if the challenges are related to citizen’s daily lives. In such cases, the City Council submits written opinions or demands to the authority concerned and asks for the matter to be solved at an early stage.

All citizens have the right to present opinions and demands regarding city policies by means of petitions (seigan) and appeals (chinjo). Petitions must be introduced by a City Council member, whereas appeals do not require such an introduction. The final decision on whether to adopt or reject a petition is made in a plenary session, after the petition has been referred to and examined by the Standing Committee. The petitioner is then informed of the result. Appeals requesting the submission of written opinions to the national or prefectural government are referred to the appropriate committee. After the conclusions of the committee’s investigation have been reported to a plenary session, the petitioner is informed.

The chair requests that the mayor respond directly to appeals concerning requests related to the city administration. The petitioner is then informed of the result.

Councilors

Councilors are chosen by election, and their term of office is usually four years. The current term of office of incumbent Okayama City councilors is from May, 2007 to April, 2011. The number of councilors is fixed by law according to the population of the city, and for Okayama City the maximum number is 54. This has been decreased by two, however, and the number of City Council members is set as 52 according to a regulation.

Chair and Vice-Chair

The chair and vice chair are elected by the council members. The chair represents the City Council, and oversees and manages all its various activities, striving to maintain good order and to assure its smooth function. The vice-chair performs the functions of the chair should the latter be unable to attend to his or her duties because of an accident or other reason.

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