Fiscal 2000 saw 345 people dispatched from private companies to work for ministries, up 16 from the previous year, according to an annual report released by the Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry.

The Foreign Ministry topped the list with 80 people, of whom 44 were dispatched to Japanese embassies and government offices overseas.

The Science and Technology Agency accepted 58 people from the private sector and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry took in 41, the report says.

The Justice Ministry, National Police Agency, Defense Agency and National Personnel Authority accepted none, according to the report.

By category of business providing personnel to the central government, financial institutions topped the list with 93 people, followed by the manufacturing industry with 81 and service-sector businesses with 42.

The report says 135 companies dispatched employees to the ministries.

Sogo Keibi Hosho Co., which sent 28 security guards to Japanese embassies overseas, dispatched the largest number of employees to the ministries, the report says.

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