The Administration and Politics of Tokyo

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CHAPTER III
THE POWERS OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT AND THE STRUCTURE OF ADMINISTRATION WITHIN TOKYO CITY

NEXT in importance to complete jurisdiction over the entire urban area are adequate powers for the city government and a well-organized administrative system for carrying those powers into effect. Let us examine Tokyo with reference to this subject. Let us get at the heart of the matter by putting two questions: "Does the city government have independent powers equal to its responsibilities? Are the organs of government operating within the city limits constructed and co-ordinated in such a way as to secure united planning and action in discharging the functions of the city?" As structure and function are always closely related, so these two questions have a vital connection with each other and should be considered as a part of a common problem.


THE POWERS OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT AND HIGHER CONTROL OVER THEIR EXERCISE

The first of the above questions calls for no extended treatment; it is readily answered. The government of Tokyo is the creature of the Imperial Government. Unlike some American cities, Tokyo is not older than the nation and does not possess many historic traditions of

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