Ceremony of Appointment of Official with Imperial Attestation

Ceremony of Appointment of Official with Imperial Attestation

This ceremony is for Ninshokan - Ministers of State and other officials whose appointment and dismissal require His Majesty the Emperor's attestation.

Appointees receive a letter of appointment from the Prime Minister. At this time, they are typically addressed by His Majesty the Emperor.

Ninshokan include the following officials :
Ministers of State, Senior Vice-Ministers, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretaries, Personnel Commissioners, Inspectors, Chairman of the Fair Trade Commission, Chairman of Nuclear Regulation Authority, Grand Steward of the Imperial Household, Grand Chamberlain to His Majesty the Emperor, ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary, ministers extraordinary and plenipotentiary, Justices of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Public Prosecutor General, Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor, Superintendant Public Prosecutors
Ceremony of appointment of official with imperial attestation from 1989 to 2013
Number of ceremonies: 450
Number of appointees: 2,312
Year Number of ceremonies
(Number of appointees)
1989 20 (92)
1990 17 (73)
1991 13 (53)
1992 11 (54)
1993 19 (71)
1994 21 (77)
1995 17 (64)
1996 16 (78)
1997 21 (74)
1998 13 (56)
1999 20 (66)
2000 19 (89)
2001 21 (125)
Year Number of ceremonies
(Number of appointees)
2002 21 (101)
2003 10 (112)
2004 15 (84)
2005 18 (111)
2006 18 (98)
2007 20 (124)
2008 18 (136)
2009 15 (79)
2010 18 (139)
2011 19 (103)
2012 22 (147)
2013 17 (74)