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  • The practice is called amakudari , and it means "descent from heaven."

    Japan Will Rebuild From Quake But Faces Other Daunting Tests

  • The payoff for their often unheralded leadership was high-paying, post-retirement jobs in corporations and industry associations, a practice known as amakudari.

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  • The practice is called amakudari (meaning "descent from heaven").

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary

  • (This is known as amakudari or "descent from heaven.")

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  • (This is known as amakudari or "descent from heaven.")

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  • "One of the reasons why our country has persistent problems like 'amakudari' [a Japanese term for offering retired public officials well-paid posts] is because we've let one party control the government for such a long time."

    Tokyo Voters Voice Opinions

  • The DPJ also has promised to outlaw the practice of "amakudari," meaning "descent from heaven," whereby government officials after retirement take up senior positions in the companies they oversaw.

    Japan's Next Leader Targets Bureaucracy

  • Also at risk: the practice of "amakudari," or literally, "descent from heaven," where senior bureaucrats retire from government and take high-ranking jobs in the private sector.

    Who Will Fight

  • Minister eyes disbanding entities criticized for 'amakudari'

    Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

  • Incidentally, Mr. Kenji calls for the same combination of cutting waste and banning amakudari, meaning he better get to work recruiting dappan kanryo.

    Observing Japan


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