Osaka Mayor Hashimoto Cuts Government’s Money-Losing Bottled Water Company, Campaign Spending, and Own Salary and Benefits (Twice)

Mayor Hashimoto Directs Government’s “Honmaya” Water Brand to Cease Production
Yomiuri Shimbun: 橋下市長、大赤字の「ほんまや」生産中止を指示
January 25, 2012

Osaka Mayor Tōru Hashimoto announced today that he had directed the city water department to cease the bottling and selling of city water for public relations purposes. A 500 ml plastic bottle of this “Honmaya” water cost ¥100. The mayor explained, “There’s plenty of mineral water in the world. It’s just not necessary for the city government to put more pressure on private firms and lose money by selling its own water.”

Honmaya water was put on sale to dispel the perception that “Osaka water is gross.” It has been available in city supermarkets since March 2007. In 2010, 510,000 bottles were produced.

Last May, the product received a first plaze prize from the food and beverage evaluation group Monde Selection. In July, former mayor Kunio Hiramatsu brought the product to an international water treatment trade fair in Singapore to show off his city’s water purification prowess. After the Great Tōhoku Earthquake last March, large quantities of the water were sent to the disaster areas as relief supplies.

But one of Honmaya’s biggest problems was that the city didn’t have bottling facilities, so it had to consign that task to private companies, which ran up the costs. The product lost ¥15 million ($170,500) in fiscal 2010.

Mayor Hashimoto told the press that “if we could find an overseas buyer for the purification technology, we could enter a technical cooperation agreement. We don’t have to put this product in plastic bottles.”

Mayor Hashimoto’s ¥5 Million of Campaign Costs Less Than Any Election Winner in 20 Years
Yomiuri Shimbun: 橋下流500万円選挙、過去20年で最低
January 25, 2012

Osaka Mayor Tōru Hashimoto’s campaign for last November’s election cost ¥5 million ($65,000), the least of any winning candidate in the last twenty years.

A big reason for his savings was his tag team campaign with Mr. Ichirō Matsui, the victorious candidate for the governor’s office, which allowed the two to share campaign headquarters. His “bargain-basement campaign” cost less than a third of that of his rival, then-mayor Kunio Hiramatsu. Election experts were shocked by the figures and said “only someone as famous as Mr. Hashimoto could do something like that.”

According to the income and expenditure report the campaign sent to the city election office, the Hashimoto campaign spent ¥5,007,996, far below the previous modern record held by the 1999 Takafumi Isomura campaign. The figure is even more conspicuous considering that some candidates for the city legislature from single-member districts spent close to ¥6 million on their own campaigns last April.

The biggest difference between Hashimoto’s campaign and those of his predecessors was the amount of spending on campaign headquarters. This was also the big difference between Hashimoto’s campaign and the ¥15,575,470 Kunio Hiramatsu campaign: Hiramatsu spent ¥5.72 million on headquarters while Hashimoto spent just ¥750,000. The mayor’s philosophy was that “laying out money for opulent headquarters that the voters never even see is useless.” Instead, he and Mr. Matsui shared buildings that the Osaka Restoration Association, the political party they represent, was already renting, so this third party also shouldered many typical campaign costs.

Osaka Mayoral Campaign SpendingSpending by Mayor Hashimoto’s campaign compared to winning campaigns of elections past. Figures are in the tens of thousands of yen.

Mayor Hashimoto Cuts Own Retirement Bonus by 84% to Match Governor’s Cut
Yomiuri Shimbun: 橋下市長、退職金84%カット…知事と同額に
February 1, 2012

Osaka Mayor Tōru Hashimoto announced today that he would increase the size of his retirement bonus cut from 50% to 84% in order to match Osaka Governor Ichirō Matsui, who just announced a large retirement bonus cut of his own. Each will now receive a bonus of just ¥6.29 million ($78,625) upon leaving office.

The mayor said at a press conference that “the governor represents everyone in the prefecture, so it would be unacceptable for a mayor to make more than him.” He will bring the measure to the floor of the city legislature in February.

Last December, Mayor Hashimoto proposed a measure that would cut his retirement bonus from ¥39.53 million ($494,125) to ¥19.76 million. It passed. Now he wants to cut this bonus even more and also cut his monthly salary of ¥1.42 million ($17,750) by 30%.

Governor Matsui, based on the recommendation of the prefecture’s special deliberative council on employment compensation, plans to propose an amendment this month to cut his retirement bonus by 85%. If it passes, the Governor of Osaka will receive the lowest retirement bonus (¥6.29 million) of any governor in the country.

Mayor Hashimoto to Cut Own Salary Further: “Making More Than the Governor Would be Unacceptable”
Yomiuri Shimbun: 橋下市長「知事より上あり得ぬ」と自ら給与カット
February 28, 2012

Yesterday, Osaka Mayor Tōru Hashimoto announced that he was considering bringing a measure before the city legislature today that would cut his ¥1.42 million ($17,750) monthly salary by 42%, to ¥820,000 ($10,250).

He had already passed a measure to cut that salary 30%, to ¥990,000, but he would need to deepen the cut to bring his compensation below that of Governor Ichirō Matsui’s. He will also expand the cut to his retirement bonus, that is the bonus he would receive for leaving office after serving four years as mayor, from 50% to 81%, dropping this compensation from ¥39.53 million ($494,125) to ¥7.51 million ($93,875).

Governor Matsui just presented his compensation reduction bill to the prefectural legislature. If it passes, his monthly salary will be ¥910,000 ($11,375) and his retirement bonus ¥7.8 million ($97,500). Mr. Hashimoto plans to bring his compensation below Matsui’s, saying “the governor represents everyone in the prefecture, so it would be unacceptable for a mayor to make more than him.”

Original/原稿:
橋下市長、大赤字の「ほんまや」生産中止を指示

 大阪市の橋下徹市長は25日、市水道局がPR用に販売しているペットボトル入り水道水「ほんまや」(500ミリ・リットル、100円)について、「世の中にはごまんとミネラルウオーターがある。民業圧迫で、赤字を出してまで市が水を売る必要はない」として、生産中止を指示したことを明らかにした。

 「ほんまや」は、「大阪の水はまずい」というイメージを払拭するため、2007年3月から市内のスーパーなどで販売を開始した。生産本数は年間約51万本(2010年度)。

 昨年5月には、国際的な食品の品評会「モンドセレクション」で金賞を受賞し、同市の高い浄水技術をアピールする商品として、平松邦夫・前市長が同7月、シンガポールの国際的な水処理技術の見本市に持参したこともある。昨年3月の東日本大震災の際には、救援物資として被災地に大量に送られた。

 しかし、商品化にあたっては、市にペットボトル詰めにする設備がなく、業者に委託するなどしてコストがかさみ、年約1500万円(10年度)の赤字が出ていた。

 橋下市長は報道陣に「水技術を海外に売り込むなら、外国と技術提携を組めばいい。ペットボトルを持っていく必要はない」と述べた。

(2012年1月25日22時18分 読売新聞)

橋下流500万円選挙、過去20年で最低

 大阪市の橋下徹市長が昨年11月の市長選で支出した選挙運動費用は約500万円で、過去20年間の当選者中、最も低額だったことがわかった。

 同日選の大阪府知事選でタッグを組んだ松井一郎知事と選挙事務所を共用するなど節約に努めた効果が表れた。対抗馬の平松邦夫・前市長に比べても約3分の1に抑えた〈格安選挙〉に、選挙の専門家からは「知名度抜群の橋下氏ならでは」と驚きの声が上がっている。

 市選管に提出された収支報告書によると、橋下氏の支出額は500万7996円で、最も安かった1999年の磯村隆文氏を大幅に下回った。昨年4月の大阪市議選では区単位の選挙区で600万円近く使った議員もおり、安さが際立つ。

 歴代当選者と最も差が大きいのは、選挙事務所費とみられる。総額1557万5470円を支出した平松氏と最大の差が出たのもこの点で、平松氏の約572万円に対し橋下氏は約75万円。「一部の有権者の目にしか触れない事務所を豪華にしても仕方がない」と、自らが代表を務める大阪維新の会が入るビルを松井氏と共用し、賃料などは維新も含めた三者で負担した。

(2012年1月28日10時17分 読売新聞)

橋下市長、退職金84%カット…知事と同額に

 大阪市の橋下徹市長は1日、自らの退職金のカット率を50%から84%に引き上げ、大幅カットを決めた松井一郎・大阪府知事と同額の629万円に減額する方針を明らかにした。

 市役所で報道陣に、「府民の代表である知事より、市長の方が高いなんてあり得ない」と述べた。2月市議会に関連条例案を提案する。

 橋下市長は昨年12月、市長退職金3953万円を半額の1976万円にする条例案を市議会に提出し、成立。今回、さらに引き下げる意向を示すとともに、月額給与の規定額142万円も減額する方針だ。給与は規定額からすでに3割カットしている。

 松井知事は府特別職報酬等審議会の意見に基づき、退職金85%カットの条例改正案を2月府議会に提出する予定。可決されれば、知事退職金629万円は全国最低となる。

(2012年2月1日16時22分 読売新聞)

橋下市長「知事より上あり得ぬ」と自ら給与カット

 大阪市の橋下徹市長は27日、月額142万円の市長給与について、自らの在任期間中、42%カットし、82万円とする条例案を28日開会の市議会定例会に提案する考えを明らかにした。

 現在は30%カットの99万円だが、橋下市長の意向で松井一郎・大阪府知事の支給額より低くするため、カット率を上積みする。1期4年務めた場合の退職手当(3953万円)も、削減幅を現在の50%から81%に引き上げ、751万円とする。

 松井知事は給与の削減条例案を府議会に提案しており、成立すれば月額91万円、退職手当は780万円となる。橋下市長は、「府民の代表の知事より、市長の方が高いなんてあり得ない」として、知事より下げるよう指示していた。

(2012年2月28日07時59分 読売新聞)

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