General Outline of the Audit and Inspection Commissioners and their Secretarit

Audit and Inspection Commissioners of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Name Status Date of Appointment
(Ms.) Risako Narikiyo Member of Metropolitan Assembly
(Not full-time)
August 8, 2017
(Mr.) Ryosei Takakura Member of Metropolitan Assembly
(Not full-time)
August 8, 2017
(Mr.) Muneharu Tomobuchi Person with expert knowledge
(Presiding Commissioner, Full-time)
December 21, 2011
(Ms.) Kimie Iwata Person with expert knowledge
(Not full-time)
October 15, 2015
(Mr.) Masaichiro Matsumoto Person with expert knowledge
(Not full-time)
July 7, 2016

Function of the Audit and Inspection Commissioners

Audit Commissioner operate in the executive organ prescribed for in the Local Autonomy Law and may act independently of the governor.
(Article 195-2 of the Local Autonomy Law)

Audit Commissioner operate in the executive organ prescribed for in the Local Autonomy Law and may act independently of the governor.(Article 195-2 of the Local Autonomy Law)

The number of Audit and Inspection Commissioners is set at four in prefectures and cities where the population is greater than 250,000, and at two for other cities, towns and villages. However this number can be increased through the enactment of an ordinance.

Audit and Inspection Commissioners are appointed by the chief executive (governor or mayor) with the approval of the assembly. They are selected from among members of the assembly and also from among persons of honorable character who have expert knowledge of financial management, business administration, and other administrative operations with respect to local public bodies.
The term of office for the commissioners appointed for having expert knowledge is four years, and for those appointed from the assembly the term coincides with their term as assembly members.

According to a Metropolitan ordinance for Audit and Inspection Commissioners, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Audit and Inspection Commissioners totals 5 persons; 3 persons with expert knowledge and 2 members of the assembly.

The Audit and Inspection Commissioners are an independent executive body. This means that each audit commissioner exercises his/her authority under his/her own name. Different from other Metropolitan boards and commissions such as the board of education, the election administration commission and the personnel commission, the Audit and Inspection Commissioners do not adopt a committee system and no audit commissioner can publicly represent other commissioners.

"Presiding Commissioner" is an audit commissioner who takes care of the general affairs relating to the Audit and Inspection Commissioners (Clause 2, Article 199-3 of the Local Autonomy Law), but this does not mean that he/she represents the other commissioners.

Audit and Inspection Commissioners examine compliance and appropriateness of administrative affairs carried out by the ordinary local public body, and provide the citizen, assembly, and such, with information which may aid them in making sound decisions. Therefore, the Audit and Inspection Commissioners shall be independent from the direction of the governor in their duties, and always perform the audit in a fair and impartial manner.

Duties of the Audit and Inspection Commissioners

The duties of the audit commissioner are to perform recurring audits such as the regular audit, the administrative audit and the audit on annual accounts, as well as other audits such as ones requested by metropolitan citizen.

Audits

General Outline of the Secretariat to the Audit and Inspection Commissioners

Secretariat to Audit and Inspection Commissioners

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government establishes a secretariat to the Audit and Inspection Commissioners as a subsidiary organ to support them. The outline of the current organization and flow of audit administration are as follow.

Organization

Flow of Audit Administration