Each year the Japan Center for Local Autonomy issues its‘Local Government System in Japan, English-Language Series', and this year we are issuing the‘Revised Local Autonomy Law'. This was last issued in 1994 and is now being reissued in a new edition to reflect the amendments that have now been made to the Local Autonomy Law.
The Japanese-language manuscript was compiled by the International Affairs Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the translation was entrusted to staff members at the Ministry of Home Affairs. I would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the hard work of all those who have played a part in the publication of this book.
Finally, I would also like to express our deepest gratitude to the Nippon Foundation, which subsidized the publication of this book.
Japan Center for Local Autonomy