Konnichiwa , I found this sentence on the news recently : "政府内には、「信教の自由を脅かしかねない」との慎重論もあるが、宗教法人法に基づく調査が実施されれば、初めての事になる。"

  • And I can't figure out whether "政府内には" means "inside of the government" (as referring to the group that governs the country) or maybe (as referring to the place where politics for the country are done)
  • Also I quite don't grasp at 100 % the meaning of "事" in "初めての事になる"
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    Why don’t you translate it as “within the government”?
    – dvx2718
    Jan 9, 2023 at 14:58

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政府 :


in the broad sense, collectively refers to the governing organization, including legislative, judiciary, administrative bodies; in the narrow sense, it refers only to the cabinet and ministries (bureaucratic system).

(I don't know the terminology is completely correct.)

I suppose here it means the latter. Hence it says that there are bureaucrats concerned about freedom of religion. It is possible that 政府 refers to the cabinet and there are concerned ministers though.

事 is just thing, or maybe event is easier to understand - 初めての事 means the thing (that happens) for the first time.

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    I think the point was that the sentence does not use 政府, but actually uses 政府内 instead, and it is the 内 part that is not understood. I'm not an expert, but I would interpret this to probably mean "(some people) within the government"
    – Foogod
    Dec 10, 2022 at 18:45

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