Osaka Restoration Association Governor Yoshimura elected as new representative Matsui officially resigns November 22 at 12:43 a.m.
A meeting of the Osaka Restoration Association was held, and Mr. Matsui officially resigned, taking responsibility for the re-election of the so-called “Osaka Metropolitan Plan,” and Hirofumi Yoshimura, the governor of Osaka Prefecture, was elected as his successor.
At the meeting held in Osaka City, Mr. Matsui, the mayor of Osaka, agreed in a referendum held on the 1st of this month that he would resign from the national team, taking responsibility for the re-election of the so-called “Osaka Metropolitan Plan.”
Next, a representative election was held to decide on a successor, and Hirofumi Yoshimura, the governor of Osaka Prefecture, was elected as the new representative by defeating Osaka City Council member Kazuto Katayama by a large difference.
Mr. Yoshimura said, “The feeling of not planning a capital city remains the same. I would like to realize one Osaka as a united prefecture while searching in the dark for other means other than the capital concept.”
Mr. Yoshimura’s term Reiwa four years until November 2016.
On the other hand, Mr. Matsui intends to retire from politics after his term as mayor of Osaka until April Reiwa 5, and the representatives of the Japan Restoration Association, the national political party that concurrently serves, will continue until the next House of Representatives election.