[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: “Amakudari” bridges corruption and legitimacy in Japan

Meaning "descent from heaven," amakudari as a practice shifts retired bureaucrats to industries related to the public sector work that they retired from, creating a strong bond between private and public sectors.

“Amakudari and all that comes with it tends to make things in Japan more complicated and expensive than they should be. Moreover, because they tend to involve subtly ring-fencing economic opportunities for the benefit of ex-bureaucrats in their 50s and 60s, Japan’s amakudari systems necessarily mean fewer options for aspiring newcomers — young people and private-sector entrepreneurs, for example.”

Read the op-ed by Colin P.A. Jones, a professor at Doshisha Law School in Kyoto. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2015/04/12/issues/bridging-corruption-legitimacy/#.VSs00WYy7NQ

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