Cut number of government-affiliated bodies in Japan

Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved plans to cut the number of government-affiliated bodies, called independent administrative institutions, from the current 102 to 65 through their reorganization to help reduce administrative costs.

Under the plans to be submitted to parliament this year, the National Hospital Organization under the control of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will be transformed into a new corporation based on a new law, while Nippon Export and Investment Insurance under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will become a special government company.

The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan controlled by the Consumer Affairs Agency will transfer its operations to the government.

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