that are backed by their budgetary power and authority,” Abe told a news conference earlier in the day.

Abe said the government aims to submit a bill in April to make the changes by the end of the Diet session in June.

Yet, many lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party oppose what would be the first reform of the controversial practice known as “descent from heaven,” saying quick curbs would jeopardize bureaucrats’ motivation. The reform plan has also met strong opposition by bureaucrats.

Much public criticism surrounds amakudari, including the government’s practice of maintaining some quasi-governmental institutions apparently just to take in retired bureaucrats and pay them high salaries.

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