Ex-top finance official joins IT firm

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Former Vice Finance Minister Eijiro Katsu has been appointed special adviser to communications network service firm Internet Initiative Japan Inc., it was learned Wednesday.

It is unusual for a former top ministry bureaucrat to land a postretirement job at an information technology company. An IIJ spokesman said the firm was looking for someone able to advise it from a broad perspective. Katsu also has personal ties with IIJ President Koichi Suzuki. His appointment took effect Nov. 19.

Katsu was often billed as a big shot among recent ex-vice finance ministers for his extensive contacts in the political and business worlds. He left the Finance Ministry in August after helping pave the way for the enactment of the sales tax hike legislation.