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The period of Ito's tenure from March 1 884 to September 1 887 has been called the golden age of the I mperial H ousehold Mi nistry . The mi nistry's j urisdiction expanded greatly under a mi nister " high in the emperor's confi dence . " 34 W hile remaining as I mperial Household Mi nister, however, Ito became Japan's first Prime M i nister, honoring the separation of court and government in the breach . As i n 1 884 , Ito was once agai n attacked severely by government opponents . Publicly charging him 3 1 .
49 The i nitial dualism o f Civil Government and G overnment of Rites was apparently elimi nated by maki ng t he G overnme nt of R i tes a d i vi s i o n under the C i v i l Government . The leadi ng persons i n the Division o f Rites d i d not , however, hold concurrent posts as Councillors or Junior Councillors i n the deliberative chambers of the Civil Government . 5 1 The duties of the G overnment of Rites i n 1 8 6 9 i ncl uded the cond uct of S h i nto ceremonies a nd the preparation of ritual texts, the supervision of religion and prayers , a nd t he ma nagement of shri nes and t ombs .
It appeared that infl uential leaders were supporting Ito's colleague and rival , Yamagata Aritomo, for the post . 30 28 . Shumpo Kotsui S hokai , Ito Hirobumi Den, 3 vols. (Tokyo : Shumpo Kotsui Shokai , I 940) , 2 : 360-65, 371; Kyiitei Kishadan, p. 12 . The I nstitutions I nvestigation Bureau suc t eed ed the Rules and Regulations I nvestigation Bureau (Naiki Torishirabe Kyoku) created in l lccember 1882 under l wakura Tomomi. W hile Ito was abroad lwakura died and the Rules a nd Regulations I nvest igation Bureau lapsed .