Japan to Cut Number of Nat’l Public Servants Recruited in 2013 to 40% of Number Recruited in 2009; Number Adjusted After Complaints from Prefectures
Japan to Cut Number of National Public Servants Recruited in 2013 to 40% of Number Recruited in 2009; Number Adjusted After Complaints from Prefectures
Yomiuri Shimbun: 公務員採用、６割削減で最終調整…府省反発受け
March 27, 2012
The Japanese government announced that it had made its final adjustment to the size of the reduction in the number of national public servants it will recruit in fiscal 2013: 60% less people will be hired next year than were hired in 2009 (8511).
Specifically. the prefectures with the greatest cuts will see a 70% reduction while a 50% reduction will be requested from those with the least. Vice Premier Okada had announced recruitment would drop 70% compared to 2009, but every prefecture protested that, saying “extreme repression of recruitment would handicap day-to-day operations,” leading Okada to decrease cuts.
In addition, at a cabinet roundtable on the morning of the 27th, Mr. Okada newly asked each cabinet minister for his support, saying “As we head toward an unprecedented period of restraint, I would like to receive all the help you can offer.”