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Ministry reprimands SDF members for helping officers get plum post-retirement jobs

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No mention of featherbedding involving retired politicians, bureaucrats and employees of pseudo-governmental organizations like NHK?

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is suspected of informing the firms when top-level defense staff would retire, and of their backgrounds, and systematically parachuting them into the firms

their re-employment is handled by the Cabinet Bureau of Personnel Affairs, in line with other public servants. 

I thought this was common practice among military culture, former and active service personnel linking each other up for jobs. good thing it's outlawed in Japan, this practice is no different to patron-client relationships. There have been some companies that I've applied in where an entire staff of a department were former servicemen which carried certain values into the private work setting which doesn't work well.

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I guess all the officials in japan have already prepared press releases in their desks that read:

"We deeply apologize for having caused people to distrust (name of the office or organization concerned). We will work to restore the trust."

And after that, business as usual!

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Here's a great piece on amakudari:

https://thediplomat.com/2011/05/the-problem-with-amakudari/

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Plum jobs mean juicy jobs. Big money but little effort or even time.

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They are retired but prefer to get another job, because the notion of free time is an anathema for them. What's their motivation work untill death? Had they not planned a future? And these people are top military planners? The whole thing the whole lesson learned is that top military planners can't even organise their own lives let alone a stout defence.

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I see, thanks Zichi!

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"How DARE you be like the rest of society!"

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umm I wonder why we call good jobs plum jobs? Jobs with plums. What is the derivation of this term I wonder, sounds crazy!

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What a farce of a system.

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Nothing special about that sort of crap going on, as someone said, How DARE you do as the REST of society (fill in name of your country), so surprise.

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I heard that US military personnel only have to do 20 years and then immediately draw 50% of their salary, regardless of rank. Do 30 years and you get 75%. But not 10 years for 25%?

Anyway, point is, no waiting for an arbitrary retirement age to draw pension. As soon as you are out, the 50% or 75% is wired to your bank account.

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Monthly.

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Plum jobs = easy money.

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"They are retired but prefer to get another job, because the notion of free time is an anathema for them. What's their motivation work untill death? Had they not planned a future? And these people are top military planners? The whole thing the whole lesson learned is that top military planners can't even organise their own lives let alone a stout defence."

I don't know what the terms of retirement are for Japan SDF members but for the US military, "retiring" is possible after 20 years of service but your take home is often not enough to live on depending on your rank or rate at retirement. It's usually 50% of the average of the highest paid 36 months preceding retirement. And, you are not really retired. You can be called back to active duty if the military needs a skill you have. I vividly remember when the US Navy recommissioned the four old WWII vintage Iowa class battleships they had to drag some very old sailors out of retirement to teach the younger sailors how to operate them. I remember seeing some old gray haired Chiefs standing at attention on one of them. There were sailors on them who's fathers had fought aboard the same ship during WWII or Korea! But "retirement" isn't very well paid so almost all retirees continue to work afterwards.

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