NAGOYA/HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka -- Regional revitalization minister Satsuki Katayama did not file for permission for setting up two signboards to promote her book in the central Japan cities of Nagoya and Hamamatsu based on city ordinances, the municipal governments told the Mainichi Shimbun.
Katayama has also been accused of allegedly violating the Public Offices Election Act for setting up a signboard in Saitama's Urawa Ward, north of Tokyo. That board had infringed a city ordinance for outdoor advertising. After the problem emerged, construction contractors that set up the respective signboards in Nagoya and Hamamatsu applied for permission on Nov. 20 upon receiving guidance from the two municipal governments. They are expected to obtain approval in the near future.
The signboard in the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture was placed on the wall of a building in Atsuta Ward. According to the city's urban landscape office, the sign was not set up on Katayama's premises. Therefore, the sign falls under the category of a "general advertisement," which requires permission from the municipal government regardless of its size.
The signboard in the city of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture is located on the roof of a two-story building near the south exit of JR Hamamatsu Station in Naka Ward. Katayama did not file for permission based on the city ordinance for outdoor advertising. A similar sign located in Nishi Ward had already received permission.
A representative of Katayama's office explained, "Our office has nothing to do with setting up the signboards because people involved in the publication (of the book) installed them."
(Japanese original by Koki Mikami, Nagoya News Center and Tomoki Okuyama, Hamamatsu Bureau)