Taro Kono says work-life balance and a lack of fulfillment are the likely sources for a lack of motivation among young male bureaucrats, adding that the government will strive to gain a better understanding of the issue, with 1 in 7 saying they intend to leave their jobs within a few years.

“We need to analyze why things are being that way and what we need to change.... I think it’s important to make the workstyle of Kasumigaseki more visible,” Kono, minister in charge of civil service reform, said during an interview with media outlets on Thursday, referring to the Tokyo district where many government ministries are located.

“We will be able to identify problems and what needs to improve if we can visualize the current work situation.”