Civil servant body to get first female chief


The government plans to select former Sendai High Court Chief Justice Nahomi Ichimiya as the first woman to lead the National Personnel Authority, it was learned Saturday.

After Cabinet approval, which is expected soon, Ichimiya, 65, will replace outgoing NPA President Tsuneo Hara, who is also currently one of the agency’s three commissioners.

The NPA acts as a labor union for public servants in the central government. It is run by the commissioners, who are appointed by the Cabinet with approval from both Diet chambers.

Ichimiya is to assume the top post in mid-April, sources said.