2015年05月17日 21時43分 JST


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Japanese Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto speaks to media as a referendum to reform the city administration into a metropolitan government was rejected in Osaka on May 17, 2015. The people of Japan's second city Osaka narrowly voted down a plan to streamline governance that its flamboyant mayor said would enable the city to emerge from Tokyo's shadow. He would retire from politics after his term expires as the mayor, he said. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRES JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)