Osaka city this week announced changes to its allowances system for prefectural governors and other civil servants. The announcement has made winners and losers of some high-profile political figures.
The new system, which came into effect on Dec 1, applies to employees who took up their positions from Nov 1.
Ichiro Matsui, 47, the newly sworn in prefectural governor of Osaka, stands to receive 730,000 yen in allowances for having served in his new position for less than three months, TBS reports. For his services as an Osaka prefectural assembly member before the election he qualifies to receive 1.7 million yen.
However, Toru Hashimoto, 42, resigned as prefectural governor on Oct 31, making him ineligible for the new allowances, TBS said. Financial experts say that had he extended his term of service by just one day he would have stood to receive around 1.9 million yen of taxpayers' money.© Japan Today