A popular vote under paragraph 3 of the preceding paragraph may, as provided by cabinet order, be taken simultaneously with an election in the ordinary local public body, or a vote of dissolution under paragraph 3 of Article 76 or a vote of removal from office under paragraph 3 of Article 80 or paragraph 2 of Article 81.
Special provisions for organization of enterprises operated by ordinary local public bodies and personnel administration of the personnel thereof and financial and other matters related to the operation of such enterprises shall be laid down by separate laws.
Two or more ordinary local public bodies may, upon approval of the respective assemblies, jointly commission a nationally organized non-profit juridical person to undertake a mutual aid program for property damage caused by fire, flood, earthquake and other disasters.
Such juridical person shall, at least once every year at regular intervals, notify the chief executives of the ordinary local public bodies concerned of the state of its business and make it public at least twice in a newspaper deemed appropriate.
When notified under the preceding paragraph, the chief executive of each ordinary local public body concerned shall immediately make public announcement to that effect.
The Insurance Law shall not apply to such mutual aid program, even if it comes under the definition of insurances business.
(National Federative Organization)
When governors of To, Do, Fu or Ken or presidents of the assemblies of To, Do, Fu or Ken, mayors of cities or presidents of the assemblies of cities or mayors of towns or villages or presidents of the assemblies of towns or villages have established a national federative organization in order to secure close relationship among them and deliberate upon, and deal with common problems, the representative thereof shall report thereon to the Minister of Home Affairs.
The federal organizations which reported to the Minister of Home Affairs according to the preceding paragraph may remark their opinions to the cabinet through the Minister of Home Affairs or may submit their opinions to the Diet regard to laws, cabinet orders or others which will make some influence to the local autonomy.
When the Cabinet received the opinions according to the preceding paragraph, it should make effort to reply them as soon as possible.
If the opinion under the preceding paragraph is upon a national policy which will force local public bodies to do some new affairs or burden, the cabinet shall reply it as soon as possible.