CHAPTER VIII: LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT
Regulations concerning organization and operations of local public entities shall be fixed by law in accordance with the principle of local autonomy.
1)The local public entities shall establish assemblies as their deliberative organs, in accordance with law.
2)The chief executive officers of all local public entities, the members of their assemblies, and such other local officials as may be determined by law shall be elected by direct popular vote within their several communities.
Local public entities shall have the right to manage their property, affairs and administration and to enact their own regulations within law.
A special law, applicable only to one local public entity, cannot be enacted by the Diet without the consent of the majority of the voters of the local public entity concerned, obtained in accordance with law.