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Civil servant positions, salaries to be cut: DPJ

Date Posted: 2009-09-17

The Democratic Party of Japan, which is now assuming the mantle of government after being the opposition party for more than five decades, has announced plans to slash the number of government civil servants, while cutting salaries on tens of thousands of others.

In its manifesto, the DPJ says teachers, city office workers, prefecture workers, police and other civil servants will see their numbers cut about 20%, with the first half of the cutbacks coming in the 2011-2013 time frame. The plan, called the Civil Servants System Reform Operations Plan, will also cut salaries by more than 1.1 trillion.

The DPJ announcement has stunned many, because decisions on civil servants salaries has always been decided by the National Personnel Authority, a government agency, rather than politicians. Until now, civil service workers never had to worry about either salary cutbacks or being terminated. There are more than 575,000 civil service workers. The DPJ says Self Defense Forces and Assembly members should also be dealt cutbacks, too.

The intended salary structure for civil service workers is being set at 5.3 trillion. The salary cuts are expected to be implemented before 2013.


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