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The Cabinet adopted a bill Tuesday that will serve as the basic law to start consolidating a reformed administrative system in January 2001 at the earliest.

The bill, which also aims to strengthen the functions of the Cabinet, was sent to the Diet the same day. The proposed law states that the transformation of the current 22 government ministries and agencies into the Cabinet Office and 12 ministries and agencies would be started no later than five years after its enactment.

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