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L5R: The Saibankan Government System

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For those who want more detail and positions for officials in L5R, here is a redressed version of the Ritsuryo government system of Japan.

The Saibankan Government System


 

The positions within the government changed over the centuries, so at any given time the positions noted here may or may not have been in effect (though many of them do seem to have stayed the same). Although the Emperor and various members of the royal family were still at the official head of the government, most of the actual administration was handled by the Daijō-kan, the council of the ranking ministers of state.

Most positions were attached to a certain rank, although it was not guaranteed that the holder of the office would be of the rank specified. Some positions appear to have had general rank guidelines instead of strict adherences. Other times, an officeholder may be of a greater rank than the office he held. For now, the list below is organized by rank, so some offices may show up more than once, depending on whether or not the precise rank is given (or known).

Also, some offices had a different numbers of officeholders, and occasionally you even had supernumerary positions, usually indicated by the prefix 'Gon'. Another common prefix was 'Tō', indicating a member of the Imperial Families who held the office, although at many times this was almost superfluous as the Imperial Families hold most of the high-ranking offices within the government.


 

Jingi-kan (Department of Divinities)

Head (Haku)
Senior Assistant Head (Daifu)
Junior Assistant Head (Shōbu)
Senior Aide (Daiyū)
Junior Aide (Shōyū)
Senior Recorder (Daishi)

Daijō-kan (Great Council of State)

Controller of the Left (Sadaiben)
Controller of the Right (Udaiben)
Prime Minister (Dajōdaijin)
Minister of the Left (Sadaijin)
Minister of the Right (Udaijin)
Minister of the Center (Udaijin) [Later stood unfilled]
Secretary (Bettō) of the Office of the Sovereign's Secretaries and Chamberlains (Kurōdo-dokoro)
Major Counselor (Dainagon)
Middle Counselor (Chūnagon)
Royal Advisor (Sangi/Ōmatsurigoto-bito) [8 positions]
Major Controller (Daiben)
Middle Controller (Chūben)
Minor Controller (Shōben)
Lesser Counselor (Shōnagon)
Senior Outer Clerk (Daigeki)
Senior Recorder (Daishi)
Junior Outer Clerk (Shōgaiki)
Junior Recorder (Shōshi)

Divisions of the Capital (Kyōshiki )

The Eight Ministries (Hasshō)


 

Minister (Kyō)
Senior Assistant Minister (Taifu/Tayū)
Junior Assistant Minister (Shōbu)
Senior Inspector (Daigenmotsu)
Chamberlain (Jijū)
Senior Inner Clerk (Dainaiki)
Senior Secreatary (Daijō)
Junior Secretary (Shōjō)
Senior Recordkeeper (Dairoku)
Junior Inner Clerk (Shōnaiki)
Junior Inspector (Shōgenmotsu)
Chief Ministry Clerk (Sakan)
Junior Recordkeeper (Shōroku)
 
 
Comissioner (Daibu)
Assistant Master (Suke)
Senior Office Secretary (Daijin)
Junior Office Secretary (Shōshin)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
 
 
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
 
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke )
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
 
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
 
 
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Diviner (Onmyō)
Doctor of Astronomy (Tenmon Hakase)
Bureau Secretary (In)
Doctor of the Almanac (Koyomi Hakase)
Doctor of Timekeeping (Rōkoku Hakase)
Master of Divination (Onmyōji)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
 
Minister (Kyō)
Senior Assistant Minister (Taifu/Tayū)
Junior Assistant Minister (Shōbu)
Senior Secreatary (Daijō)
Junior Secretary (Shōjō)
Senior Recordkeeper (Dairoku)
Junior Recordkeeper (Shōroku)
 
 
Chief (Kami)
Doctor of Letters (Monjō Hakase)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Doctor of Sutras (Myōgyō Hakase)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Doctor of Law (Myōhō Hakase)
Assistant Teacher (Jokyō)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Doctor of Music (On Hakase)
Doctor of Texts (Sho Hakase)
Doctor of Numbers (San Hakase)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
 
Minister (Kyō)
Senior Assistant Minister (Taifu/Tayū)
Junior Assistant Minister (Shōbu)
Senior Secreatary (Daijō)
Junior Secretary (Shōjō)
Senior Recordkeeper (Dairoku)
Junior Recordkeeper (Shōroku)
Bureau of Music (Uta-ryō)
Bureau of Shinseism and Aliens (Genba-ryō)
Bureau of Royal Tombs (Shoryō-ryō)
Ministry of Civil Administration (Jibu-shō)
Minister (Kyō)
Senior Assistant Minister (Taifu/Tayu)
Junior Assistant Minister (Shōbu)
Senior Secreatary (Daijō)
Junior Secretary (Shōjō)
Senior Recordkeeper (Dairoku)
Junior Recordkeeper (Shōroku)
 
 
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
 
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
Chief (Shō)
Aide (Yū)
 
Minister (Kyō)
Senior Assistant Minister (Taifu/Tayū)
Junior Assistant Minister (Shōbu)
Senior Secretary (Daijō)
Junior Secretary (Shōjō)
Senior Recordkeeper (Dairoku)
Junior Recordkeeper (Shōroku)
Office of the Hayato (Hayato no Tsukasa)
Chief (Shō)
Aide (Yū)
 
Minister (Kyō)
Senior Assistant Minister (Taifu/Tayū)
Major Judge (Daihanji)
Junior Assistant Minister (Shōbu)
Senior Secreatary (Daijō)
Middle Judge (Chūhanji)
Junior Secretary (Shōjō)
Minor Judge (Shōhanji)
Senior Recordkeeper (Dairoku)
Judge (Hanji)
Junior Recordkeeper (Shōroku)
Office of Prisons (Shūgoku no Tsukasa)
Chief (Shō)
Aide (Yū)
 
Minister (Kyō)
Senior Assistant Minister (Taifu/Tayū)
Junior Assistant Minister (Shōbu)
Senior Secreatary (Daijō)
Junior Secretary (Shōjō)
Senior Recordkeeper (Dairoku)
Junior Recordkeeper (Shōroku)
Office of Weaving (Oribe no Tsukasa)
Minister (Kyō)
Senior Assistant Minister (Taifu/Tayū)
Junior Assistant Minister (Shōbu)
Senior Secreatary (Daijō)
Junior Secretary (Shōjō)
Senior Recordkeeper (Dairoku)
Junior Recordkeeper (Shōroku)
 
Ministry of War (Hyōbu-shō)
Ministry of Justice (Gyōbu-shō)
Ministry of the Treasury (Ōkura-shō)
Ministry of the Sovereign's Household (Kunai-shō)
 
Master (Daibu/Daifu)
Assistant Master (Suke)
Senior Office Secretary (Daijin)
Junior Office Secretary (Shōshin)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
 
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
 
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Bureau Secretary (In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
 
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Bureau Secretary (In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
 
Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Bureau Secretary (In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
 
Chief (Kami
Attending Physician (Shii)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Master Physician (I-hakase)
Physician (Ishi)
Acupunturist (Hari Hakase)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
 
Chief (Shō)
 
Chief (Shō)
 
Chief (Shō)
Chief Clerk of the Table (Naizen no Kami)
Clerk of the Table (Tenzen)
 
Chief (Shō)
Aide (Yū)
Chief (Sho)
Controlling Board of the Left (Sabenkan-kyoku)
 
Ministry of Central Affairs (Nakatsukasa-shō)
Office of the Consort's Household (Chūgūshiki)
Bureau of Palace Storehouses (Kura-ryō)
Bureau of Skilled Artisans (Takumi-ryō)
Bureau of Royal Attendants (Ōtoneri-ryō)
Bureau of Books and Drawings (Dzusho-ryō)
Bureau of the Wardrobe and Court Ladies (Nuidono-ryō)
Bureau of Divination (Onmyō-ryō)
Ministry of Ceremonial (Shikibu-shō)
Bureau of Education (Daigaku-ryō)
Ministry of Popular Affairs (Minbu-shō)
Bureau of Statistics (Shukei-ryō)
Bureau of Taxation (Shuzei-ryō)
Controlling Board of the Right (Ubenkan-kyoku)
 
Office of the Palace Table (Daizen-shiki)
Bureau of Carpentry (Moku-ryō)
Bureau of the Palace Kitchen (Ōi-ryō)
Bureau of Palace Equipment (Tonoma-ryō)
Bureau of Palace Upkeep (Kamon-ryō)
Bureau of Medicine (Tenyaku-ryō)
Office of the Royal Family (Ōkimi no Tsukasa)
Office of Sake (Zōshu no Tsukasa)
Office of the Royal Table (Naizen no Tsukasa)
Office of the Palace Women (Uneme no Tsukasa)
Office of Water (Mondono-kyoku)

Board of Censors (Danjō-dai)

President (In)
Sr. Assistant President (Daihitsu)
Jr. Assistant President (Shōhitsu)
Senior Clerk (Daiso)
Junior Clerk (Shōzo)

Left Division of the Inner Palace Guards (Sakon'e-fu)

Major Captain (Taishō)
Middle Captain (Chūjō)
Minor Captain (Shōshō)
Lieutenant (Shōkan)
Assistant Lieutenant (Shōzō)

Right Division of the Inner Palace Guards (Ukon'e-fu)

Major Captain (Taishō)

Middle Captain (Chūjō)

Minor Captain (Shōshō)
Lieutenant (Shōkan)
Assistant Lieutenant (Shōzō)

Left Division of the Outer Palace Guards (Saemon-fu)

Captain (Kami)
Assistant Captain (Suke)
Sr. Lieutenant (Daijō)
Junior Lieutenant (Shōjō)
Senior Assistant Lieutenant (Daishi)
Junior Assistant Lieutenant (Shōshō)

Right Division of the Outer Palace Guards (Uemon-fu)

Captain (Kami)
Assistant Captain (Suke)
Sr. Lieutenant (Daijō)
Junior Lieutenant (Shōjō)
Senior Assistant Lieutenant (Daishi )
Junior Assistant Lieutenant (Shōshō )

Left Division of the Middle Palace Guards (Sahyōe-fu)

Captain (Kami)
Assistant Captain (Suke)
Sr. Lieutenant (Daijō)
Junior Lieutenant (Shōjō)
Senior Assistant Lieutenant (Daishi)
Junior Assistant Lieutenant (Shōshō)

Right Division of the Middle Palace Guards (Uhyōe-fu)

Captain (Kami)
Assistant Captain (Suke)
Sr. Lieutenant (Daijō)
Junior Lieutenant (Shōjō)
Senior Assistant Lieutenant (Daishi)
Junior Assistant Lieutenant (Shōshō)

Bureau of the Left Stables (Sama-ryō)

Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shō In)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)

Bureau of the Right Stables (Ume-ryō)

Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shōin)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)

Bureau of the Left Military Storehouses (Sahyōgo-ryō)

Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shōin)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)

Bureau of the Right Military Storehouses (Uhyōgo-ryō )

Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin )
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shōin )
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)

Office of the High Priestess of Ise (Saigū-ryō)

Chief (Kami)
Assistant Director (Suke)
Senior Bureau Secretary (Daiin)
Junior Bureau Secretary (Shōin)
Magistrate (Jō)
Clerk (Soku)

Office of the High Priestess of Kamo (Saiin no Tsukasa)

Secretary (Chōkan)
Undersecretary (Jikan)

Office of Palace Repairs (Shurishiki)

Comissioner (Daibu)
Assistant Master (Suke)
Senior Office Secretary (Daijin)
Junior Office Secretary (Shōshin)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)

Office of the Crown Prince's Quarters (Tōgūbō )

Comissioner (Daibu)
Assistant Master (Suke)
Senior Office Secretary (Daijin)
Junior Office Secretary (Shōshin )
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)

Women's Quarters of the Palace (Kōkyū)

Lady of the Storehouse (Shōzō)
Lady of Tables (Shōzen)
Lady of Sewing (Shōhō)
Consort (Nyōgo)
Clothing Attendant (Koromogae)
Table Attendant (Tenzen)
Sewing Attendant (Tenhō)
Lady of Letters (Shōsho)
Lady (Shōden)
Sake-Serving Lady (Shōjū)

Palace Attendants Office (Naishi)

Lady-in-Waiting (Naishi no kami)
Handmaid (Naishi no suke)
Assistant Handmaid (Naishi no Jō)

Crown Prince's Quarters (Tōgū-bō)

Head Tutor (Fū )
Teacher of the Classics (Gakushi)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)

Outside Offices (Ryōge no Kan)

Secretary (Chōkan)

Undersecretary (Jikan )

Magistrate (Jō)

Chief Ministry Clerk (Sakan)

 
Secretary (Bettō)
Assistant Captain (Suke)
Sr. Lieutenant (Daijō)
Junior Lieutenant (Shōjō)
Senior Assistant Lieutenant (Daishi)
Secretary (Bettō)
Chief (Kami)
Office of Investigators of the Records of Outgoing Officials (Kageyushi-chō )
Office of Police and Judicial Chief (Kebiishi-chō)
Junior Assistant Lieutenant (Shōshō)
 
Office of the Sovereign's Secretaries and Chamberlains (Kurōdo-dokoro)

 

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Regional Divisions (Chihōkan)

Left [Eastern] Capital Offices (Sakyōshiki)
Comissioner (Daibu)
Assistant Master (Suke)
Senior Office Secretary (Daijin)
Junior Office Secretary (Shōshin)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
 
Right [Western] Capital Offices (Ukyōshiki)
Comissioner (Daibu)
Assistant Master (Suke)
Senior Office Secretary (Daijin)
Junior Office Secretary (Shōshin)
Senior Officer (Daisoku)
Junior Officer (Shōsoku)
Dazai-fu
Viceroy ()
Senior Assistant Governor General (Daini)
Jr. Assistant Governor General (Shōni)
Senior Overseer (Daikan)
Junior Overseer (Shōkan)
Senior Clerk (Daiten)
Junior Clerk (Shōten)
 
Provincial Offices (Kokushi OR Kuni-no-tsukasa)
Provincial Governor (Kami)
Assistant Provincial Governor (Suke)
Senior Provincial Inspector (Daien)
Junior Provincial Inspector (Shōen)
Senior Provincial Administrator (Daimoku)
Junior Provinicial Administrator (Shōmoku)
 
 

 

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