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Under pressure from the opposition camp, Prime Minister Taro Aso said Thursday that he will immediately ban the little-known custom of “watari,” in which ministries can arrange new jobs multiple times at related corporations for retiring bureaucrats.

The government has set up a public-private personnel exchange promotion center intended to unify all the ministries’ outplacement efforts within three years and limit postretirement job placements to once per each retired public servant.

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