Prefectural Governors of Japan

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The Prefectural Governor (都道府県知事 Todōfuken chiji?) is the highest ranking executive of all Prefectures of Japan.[1]

The governor is directly elected for a four-year term. Governors are subject to recall referenda. In each prefecture, between one and four vice governors are appointed by the governor with the approval of the prefectural assembly. In the case of death, disability, or resignation of the governor, one of the vice governors becomes either governor or acting governor.


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