Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (国土交通省, Kokudo-kōtsū-shō), abbreviated MLIT, is a ministry of the Japanese government.[1] It is responsible for one-third of all the laws and orders in Japan, and is the largest Japanese ministry in terms of employees, as well as the second-largest executive agency of the Japanese government after the Ministry of Defense. The ministry oversees four external agencies including the Japan Coast Guard and the Japan Tourism Agency.

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
国土交通省
Kokudokōtsūshō

Central Government Building # 3: MLIT Headquarters
Agency overview
Preceding agencies
Jurisdiction Japan
Headquarters2-1-3 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8918 Japan
Ministers responsible
Parent agencyGovernment of Japan
Websitehttp://www.mlit.go.jp

Background

MLIT was established as part of the administrative reforms of January 6, 2001, which merged the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Construction, the Hokkaido Development Agency (北海道開発庁 Hokkaidō-kaihatsu-chō), and the National Land Agency (国土庁 Kokudo-chō). Before the ministry renamed itself on January 8, 2008, the ministry's English name was "Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport".[2]

Organization

MLIT is organized into the following bureaus:[1][3]

  • Minister's Secretariat (大臣官房)
  • Policy Bureau (総合政策局)
  • National and Regional Policy Bureau (国土政策局)
  • Land Economy and Construction and Engineering Industry Bureau (土地・建設産業局)
  • City Bureau (都市局)
  • Water and Disaster Management Bureau (水管理・国土保全局)
  • Road Bureau (道路局)
  • Housing Bureau (住宅局)
  • Railway Bureau (鉄道局)
  • Road Transport Bureau (自動車交通局)
  • Maritime Bureau (海事局)
  • Ports and Harbours Bureau (港湾局)
  • Civil Aviation Bureau (航空局)
  • Hokkaido Bureau (北海道局)
  • Director-General for Policy Planning (政策統括官)
  • Director-General for International Affairs (国際統括官)

External agencies

Notes

  1. 国土交通省設置法, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. (in Japanese)
  2. 冬柴大臣会見要旨(平成20年1月8日), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Retrieved on 2008-11-07. (in Japanese)
  3. The Organization of The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (As of July 1, 2011), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

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