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Bureaucrats still have cozy ties with private sector

Japanese official lands cushy job; 7 ministry officials face punishment

Seven members of the education ministry face discipline over allegations tied to a former official's new job.

TOKYO -- Seven members of Japan's education ministry are set to face disciplinary action over allegations that the ministry helped place a retired official in a related private-sector post, putting a much-criticized yet persistent practice back in the spotlight.

A former chief of the Higher Education Bureau, which handles permits and aid for universities, was employed as a professor at the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo two months after leaving the ministry in August 2015. The ministry's human resources department is alleged to have lobbied the school to arrange the move.

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