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The education ministry took disciplinary action Friday against seven senior bureaucrats over their involvement in illegally negotiating to secure their colleague a post-retirement university job.

According to a report issued by the Cabinet Office’s re-employment oversight committee, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology was also involved in 37 cases of a practice known as amakudari (literally “descent from heaven”) in which retired bureaucrats are given lucrative jobs at entities in the business sectors they once oversaw.

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