National Jun 30, 2017

Women set record 25.8% pass rate on civil service exam

Women account for a record 25.8 percent of those who passed the exam for career-track public servants in fiscal 2017, the National Personnel Authority said Friday. Of 20,591 applicants, only 1,878 passed, with the ratio for woman edging up 0.3 percentage point on year to ...

Business Jul 7, 2015

Finance Ministry appoints Kazuho Tanaka as top bureaucrat

The Finance Ministry on Tuesday announced a reshuffle of its senior officials, with Budget Bureau chief Kazuho Tanaka becoming the top bureaucrat at what is effectively the most powerful government office in Japan. Tanaka, 59, who has also served as the Tax Bureau chief, replaced ...

Editorials Jun 5, 2014

Promotion criteria for bureaucrats

Under a new government personnel management system, the prime minister's office will take the lead in promotions, transfers and appointments of senior officials at ministries and agencies to eliminate ministry sectionalism and to tap people more in line with the administration's policies.