First Meeting of the Government Revitalization Unit
The Government Revitalization Unit was established in order to reform the overall national administration, including the budget and system of national administration, from the people's standpoint, and also to review the division of roles among the national government, local public authorities, and private companies.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Hatoyama delivered an address. He said, "Upon the inauguration of the new government, I have made a firm determination that as a top priority all the administrative issues must be scrutinized from the people's standpoint and that administrative reform must be conducted. I call upon you to advance, with your deep insight, administrative reform from the people's standpoint. We must re-strengthen the administration of Japan so that the people can recognize with joy that the administration has been reviewed and reformed."
During a briefing after the Unit meeting for vice-ministers, parliamentary secretaries, and the Diet members serving as evaluators, Prime Minister Hatoyama said, "We had very fruitful discussions at the meeting of the Government Revitalization Unit. Elimination of waste will naturally result in budgetary reductions, which in turn will impact the economy. Nevertheless, if we reform Japan into a lean nation by making efforts and through endurance, we can, no matter how long it takes, return to a more sound and vibrant Japan. Members of the Unit proposed that this point should be conveyed to the people honestly, and I completely agree." After that, briefings took place on matters decided at the Unit meeting, including a thorough review of expenditures to be made in the process of the formulation of the fiscal 2010 budget, the establishment of a working group, and the scrutinization of public projects.