「滋賀県」より「近江県」の方が知名度高い? 県名変更をめぐる議論沸騰
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"Shiga-ken" does "Omi prefecture" have higher celebrity? Argument boiling concerning prefecture great change

"Shiga-ken", "Omi prefecture" or-.

 Celebrity is Shiga-ken which has low worries in the urban and rural prefectures in the whole country, and the argument I ask for change in the prefecture name has happened. The voice which infers "Omi prefecture" from brand popularity of Omi beef and Omi rice by a prefectural assembly. Procedure of a referendum is necessary for prefecture great change, and it's opaque whether it's achieved.

 Shiga-ken is in a dishonorable result as about 37 and the same rate lowest rank by the "awareness" which is indicated by the percentage of the person who answered "It was known where urban and rural prefectures were." according to "area brand strategy survey 2013" of Nikkei research company. The, on the other hand an orchid queen made "Omi" medium with about 29 out of 88 countries by the awareness to the ancient nation name.

"Resolutely, in Biwa-ko Lake prefecture?"

 By a prefectural assembly plenary session on the 25th, LDP member of the prefectural assembly, "Celebrity is higher than a prefectural official thinks of "Omi" for a person out the prefecture.", as, change to Omi prefecture was proposed.

 Even this is a prefectural assembly and argument concerning prefecture great change often surfaces, in 1990, "since it's made "Biwa-ko Lake prefecture" resolutely, please", such as, it was also voiced.

 But 78 and the 4% by which 72 and 6% "feel attached to the present prefecture name" by the questionnaire a prefecture did targeted for the inhabitant of a prefecture in February, 2010, "I'd like the condition now for a prefecture name.", answer. After getting agreement of the majority by the Diet when it was prefecture great change actually, agreement of the majority is needed in the referendum which made a voter of a prefecture the subject.

 A governor built with the crescent large, "The prefecture name as "Shiga" for which you have had an affection for a long time is very heavy. It'll be the trigger which looks at an identity of inhabitant of a prefecture again to deepen argument from various viewpoints about a prefecture name.", I'm speaking.

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「滋賀県」より「近江県」の方が知名度高い? 県名変更をめぐる議論沸騰

「滋賀県」か「近江県」か-。

 全国の都道府県の中で知名度が低いという悩みを抱える滋賀県で、県名の変更を求める議論が起こっている。県議会では、近江牛や近江米などのブランド人気から「近江県」を推す声も。ただ、県名変更には住民投票などの手続きが必要で、実現するかどうかは不透明だ。

 日経リサーチ社の「地域ブランド戦略サーベイ2013」によると、「都道府県がどの辺りにあるか知っている」と回答した人の割合で示す「認知度」で、滋賀県は37位と同率最下位という不名誉な結果に。その一方、旧国名に対する認知度では、「近江」は88カ国中29位と中位にランクインした。

「思いきって琵琶湖県は?」

 25日の県議会本会議では、自民党県議が「県外の人にとって『近江』は、県職員が思っている以上に知名度が高い」として、近江県への変更を提案した。

 県名変更をめぐる議論は、これまでも県議会でたびたび浮上し、平成2年には「思い切って『琵琶湖県』にしてはどうか」などという声も上がった。

 しかし、県が平成22年2月、県民を対象に行ったアンケートでは、72・6%が「現在の県名に愛着がある」、78・4%が「県名は今のままがよい」と回答。また、実際に県名変更となると、国会で過半数の賛成を得た上で、県内の有権者を対象にした住民投票で過半数の賛成が必要となる。

 三日月大造知事は「長い間愛着を持たれてきた『滋賀』という県名は非常に重い。ただ、県名についてさまざまな視点から議論を深めることは、県民のアイデンティティーを見つめ直すきっかけになる」と話している。
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