Yoriai is a consultation organization in villages under the goson-sei system (municipal system of small towns and villages) that began in the Middle Ages in Japan.
Rules on farming, burden sharing of nengu tax, settlement of expenses were discussed at temples or shrines, or at a house of a town official.
Various types of yoriai
Hatsu (first) yoriai
Murakata (town officials) yoriai, juritsu (town elders) yoriai
So (comprehensive) yoriai