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Gov’t adopts draft bill to streamline Cabinet Secretariat and Cabinet Office

  • 2015-03-25 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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(Sankei: March 25, 2015 – p. 5)


 The government adopted at a cabinet meeting on March 24 bills related to streamlining the operations of the Cabinet Secretariat and Cabinet Office, the expansion of which have been criticized. The main points of the government legislation are transferring and merging five operations of the Cabinet Secretariat, including the Secretariat of the Headquarters for Intellectual Property Strategy Promotion, into the Cabinet Office, and transferring nine operations of the Cabinet Office, including the Consumer Policy Council, to other ministries and the National Public Safety Commission. The government aims to pass the legislation during the current Diet session. The authorities of the Cabinet Secretariat and Cabinet Office were expanded for the purpose of enhancing the cabinet capacity in 2001 when the ministries and agencies were reorganized. The reorganization this time around is aimed at streamlining the organizations’ operations and placing priority on their functions as control towers for important policies. (Abridged)


 Government’s plan to streamline operations of Cabinet Secretariat and Cabinet Office


After the review






Cabinet Secretariat

Headquarters for Promotion of Privatization of Postal Services




To be abolished

Headquarters for Promotion of Social Security System Reform

Headquarters for Promotion of Nuclear Safety Regulatory Organization Reform

Headquarters for Promotion of System to Nurture Legal Profession

Secretariat of Headquarters for Intellectual Property Strategy

To be transferred to the Cabinet Office; Headquarters to remain in the Cabinet Secretariat

Secretariat of Headquarters for Comprehensive Ocean Policy of Japan

Headquarters for Promotion of Special Zones for Regional Government (doshu-sei)



To be transferred or merged into the Cabinet Office

Headquarters for Regional Revitalization

Secretariat of Headquarters for Space Development Strategy




Cabinet Office

Council for Promotion of Policies for Crime Victims

National Public Safety Commission

Consumer Policy Council

Consumer Agency

Food Safety Commission

Statistics Commission



Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Information Disclosure and Personal Information Protection Review Board

Supervisory Commission for Public-Private and Private-Private Competitive Tenderings

Council for Policy of Suicide Prevention

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare

Council for Food Education Promotion

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Central Traffic Safety Policy Council

National Public Safety Commission; Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

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