- 近畿大学総合社会学部紀要 = Applied Sociology Research Review KINDAI UNIVERSITY (ISSN:21866260)
- vol.5, no.1, pp.35-44, 2016-09-30
On May 17, 2015, Osaka City held a referendum to decide whether it should abolish the 23 administrative wards and restructure the city into several wards. Following the referendum, the author's college junior seminar students interviewed 20 members of the municipal assembly in Osaka City who belong to the Liberal Democratic Party. The author wrote a report based on the interviews and submitted it to the Osaka City branch of the LDP on September 23. The referendum was quite important because it could be used as a simulation for a possible referendum in the future by the whole nation to decide whether Japan should revise the Constitution. In this paper, the author examines how the students prepared for the interviews, how the interviews were conducted, what the interviewers and interviewees perceived the whole project, and what lessons the author learned during the process.