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In an example that “amakudari” remains pervasive, Norinchukin Bank is planning to appoint Yoshio Kobayashi, a former vice agricultural minister, as head of its subsidiary, the Norinchukin Research Institute, sources said Monday.

The move is expected to provoke further criticism of amakudari, in which former government officials land high-ranking positions after retirement at entities related to the sectors they formerly supervised.

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