The new administrative system may not be launched for another five years, Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto indicated Thursday.

“We aim to start the new system preferably in January 2001, or in five years at the latest,” Hashimoto told a special Cabinet meeting. The meeting was held to confirm that the government will immediately start making preparations to reorganize the administrative system by paying due heed to the final report released Wednesday by the Administrative Reform Council.

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