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The Internal Organization of the Foreign Ministry Along with the developing core of professional bureaucrats, the internal structure of the Gaimushò matured with the advancing Meiji decades. Table 1 contrasts the structure of the ministry in 1873 with that in 1913. In its initial form, the organization had a structure with top-heavy emphasis on the leadership of not one 20 The Rise of Kasumigaseki Diplomacy Table 1. Changes in Early Foreign Ministry Organization 1873 1913 Administration Foreign Minister (Gaimukyò) Vice Minister No.
Nihon gaikòshi jiten, p. 150. but two vice ministers, under which lay six bureaus. Superficially this layout had much in common with later adaptations. Under the bureaus, however, lay a great number of boards (bu), including an Asian board, which often overlapped and further complicated Gaimushò work. Also indicative of a process of Meiji rationalization, nomenclature for posts shifted gradually from the Sinified titles of the early years to characteristic modern bureaucratic ranks. For the most part, men would come to see their promotions in terms of rising from section head (kachò) to bureau head (kyokuchò) and, in some cases, to vice minister (jikan).
11. Establishing a new bureau to study and report on domestic developments. 12. Reorganizing the two sections devoted to personnel and accounting and three devoted to documentation, diplomatic cables, and translation into independent bureaus. 13. Establishing a second vice minister under the first. 14. Increasing sections and broadening the authority of section chiefs. 15. Increasing diplomatic embassies abroad and reviving the commercial consular office system. 16. Establishing a system of administrative justice officials.