Chapter 1 Independent and planned promotion of regional administrative
1 Administrative reform as the most important issue
The administrative reform of national and local government is now the most important issue.
The national government regards the years from 1998 to 2000 as a period of intensive financial reform, and has decided to implement drastic reforms during this period. Local authorities should implement administrative reforms with the awareness that they are the most important issue.
2 Review of reform outlines
(1) Local authorities should carry out their normal checks of administrative operations as a whole and review reform outlines to give them substance. Local authorities should implement reforms over the whole administration, including administrative committees and local public enterprises, centering on the reform HQ set up within the local authority.
(2) Reform implementation plans should be set out, specifying what is to be done in each year.
(3) For (1) and (2) above, local authorities should set numerical targets not only for staff rationalization plans, but also where possible for organizational management, and for rationalization of subsidies. These plans should be specific and easy for residents to understand.
(4) In revising administrative reform guidelines, local authorities should work to reflect the opinions of the residents through consultation with committees for administrative reform made up of representatives of residents, and through surveys of residents' opinions.
When local authorities review or set out reform outlines or implementation plans, they should give the information promptly to their residents by means of official bulletins, actively publicizing the information and finding means to make it easy for residents to understand their policies.
During the period of intensive financial reform, national government and local authorities are expected to implement the financial reforms together. Taking this into consideration, local authorities should proceed systematically by formulating their fiscal 1998 implementation plans within fiscal 1997 and reviewing their reform outlines as early as possible before the end of 1998.
(7) Local authorities should check the following points with regard to the effective control of reform guidelines and implementation of reforms.