History of Ministry of Finance Monopoly Bureau /大蔵省専売局歴史

The Monopoly Bureau was established on November 1, 1898 as an external agency of the Ministry of Finance for the sale of domestic leaf tobacco.

On July 1, 1904 tobacco manufacturing was monopolized and Monopoly Bureau was reorganized into a Tobacco Monopoly Bureau.

On October 1, 1907 the Tobacco Monopoly Bureau, Camphor Secretariat and Salt Affairs Bureau were integrated. As a result Monopoly Bureau was reestablished with new organizational form.

In 1949 the Monopoly Bureau is incorporated as the Japan Tobacco and Salt Public Corporation.

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専売局 - Monopoly Bureau

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You will find this insciption together with the seal on every japanese made cigarette pack that was made before 1949.

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