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Amakudari cases pile up at education ministry

The Yomiuri Shimbun Internal probes of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry have newly found more than 30 cases of amakudari that were judged to be violations of the National Civil Service Law, it was learned Saturday. “Amakudari,” which means “descent from heaven,” describes retiring bureaucrats landing jobs in the private sector.

Twenty-seven cases had already been judged to be illegal. Thus the total number of illegal amakudari cases will likely rise to about 60.

The education ministry will report the newly found cases to the government’s Reemployment Surveillance Commission and then make them public later this month.

In one of the cases that were newly found to be illegal, the ministry’s Personnel Division informed Tokyo University of Foreign Studies about a former ambassador last year. When he retired from his job in the Foreign Ministry, the education ministry’s division provided information about him, including his career history, to the university.

In another of the newly found cases, a former director general of the ministry’s now defunct Sports and Youth Bureau wanted to get a job at a certain university, and officials of the Personnel Division collected information about job offers from the university.Speech

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