May 26, 2017

Third-graders can get head start on English classes from fiscal 2018

Elementary schools will be allowed to start English classes from third grade instead of fifth grade when fiscal 2018 begins next April, the education ministry said Friday. The measure is aimed at achieving a smooth transition to the ministry’s new fiscal 2020 curriculum guidelines, ...

Apr 6, 2017

'Amakudari' remains an issue

Bureaucrats landing jobs in the private sector on the basis of the powers of government ministries and agencies sows the seeds of corruption.

Mar 30, 2017

Education ministry probe finds 62 illegal cases of 'amakudari'

The education ministry said Thursday it has confirmed 62 cases in which current or former employees acted illegally in finding jobs for retired or retiring bureaucrats. A report on the final findings of the ministry’s probe into the practice of amakudari (literally “descent from ...

Feb 23, 2017

Dig up all the 'amakudari' dirt

Revelations of "amakudari" at the education ministry underline the need for all ministries and agencies to undergo strict investigations to root out the practice across the government.