1998 Hashimoto Reform of central government PM empowerment plus ministries rationalisation effective as of 2001



MoF name change the Hashimoto Reform rationalised the ministries MoF was given the modern name zaimusho Ministry of Financial Affairs cf MoJ
MoF prestige the Ministry of Ministries at the Kasumigaseki apex the prosaic name was accepted given a scandal and popular criticism cf mofutan
kokudokotsusho kokkosho Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport Ministries of Construction and Transport became MoLIT cf Hashimoto Reform
koseirodosho korosho Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare two low ranking ministries MoHW + MoL amalgamated cf MoHLW
MIC Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications English name echoes the pre War naimusho and teishinsho ministries cf MoPM

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