Shiga Prefectural Assembly changes gold badges to silver

Shiga Prefectural Assembly changes gold badges to silver

The Shiga Prefectural Assembly has changed the badges issued to its members from 18 karat gold to silver with a thin film of gold pasted on it because of the rising price of gold following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The estimated cost of the 18 k gold badges was around 50,000 yen $380 each, but the new badges cost approximately 6,400 yen $50 each, resulting in savings of nearly 2 million yen $15,000, according to the assembly's secretariat. They are procured before the election through a bidding process. The current ones for the term beginning in 2019 cost about 25,000 yen $190 each, while the ones for the next term starting in April were expected to cost double that amount. The price would be about 60,000 yen $450 per piece, according to some. Assembly chairman Hiroaki Iwasa ordered a review of the badges, which was approved by all factions.

The Kyoto Municipal Assembly has also changed its assembly member badges from 22 karat gold to gold-plated in order to save costs.