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Annual Report
FY2014
(April2014~March2015)
National Personnel Authority
Government of Japan

Annual Report 2014 (April,2014 - March,2015) with full text

In compliance with Article 24 of the National Public Service Act, the National Personnel Authority submits its Annual Report to the Diet and the Cabinet every year.
This English version is based on extracts from the original Japanese report.

Table of Contents


Foreword

Number and Type of Public Employees

An Introduction to the NPA

Volume 1 - Personnel Administration

 Part 1. Major Trends in Personnel Administration in the Past Year
   Chapter 1. Ensuring Proper Remuneration for Public Employees
     1. Recommendation and Report
     2. Treatment of the NPA Remuneration Recommendation, etc.
     3. The Operation of the Fixed Number of Officials in Each Grade of the Salary Schedules under the Revised National Public Service Act, etc.
   
Chapter 2. Ensuring Personnel Administration for Justice
     1. Securing Human Resources
     2. Developing Human Resources
     3. Appointment, Recruitment Examination and Training, etc. under the Revised National Public Service Act, etc.
   Chapter 3. Expanding Initial Appointment and Promotion of Female National Public Employees
     1. Initial Appointment and Promotion of Female National Public Employees
     2. Measures to Expand Initial Appointment
     3. Measures to Expand Promotion


Part 2. Public Employee Systems of East Asian Countries and Japan
 
   
Introduction
 
   
Chapter 1. The Measures to Reform the Public Employee System in East Asia Countries and the NPA’s Support
    Section 1. Overview of the Public Employee System and the State of Reform in the ASEAN Countries, and Cooperation in the Field of Personnel Administration
     1. Overview of the Public Employee System and the State of Reform in the ASEAN Countries
     2. The NPA’s Cooperation for ASEAN Countries, etc.
    Section 2. Cooperation and Exchange with China and Korea (China-Japan-Korea Personnel Policy Network)
     1. Cooperation for China and Korea, etc. (Before the Foundation of the China-Japan-Korea Personnel Policy Network)
     2. Cooperative Relationship through the China-Japan-Korea Personnel Policy Network (FY 2005~)
    Section 3. Contribution to the Anticorruption Measures through International Organizations
     1. The Measures Taken by the OECD
     2. The U.N. Convention against Corruption
     3. ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia-Pacific


  
Chapter 2. Background for the Reform of the Public Employee System in the East Asian Countries
    Section 1. Background for the Request for Cooperation to Japan, etc.
    Section 2. Areas the East Asian Countries Need to Reform
     1. Recruitment Based on the Merit System
     2. Human Resource Development through Training, etc.
     3. Ethics Maintenance and Anticorruption
     4. Remuneration and Other Working Conditions


  
Chapter 3. The Public Employee System in Japan and Future International Cooperation
    Section 1. The Public Employee System in Japan
     1. Initial Appointment Based on the Merit System
     2. Human Resource Development through Training, etc.
     3. Maintenance of Ethics
     4. Remuneration and Other Working Conditions
    Section 2. International Cooperation and Exchange in the Future
     1. Cooperation for the Development of the Public Employee System, etc.
     2. Promotion of International Exchange, etc.
 
   
Conclusion


  
Part 3. NPA Activities in FY2014

   
Chapter 1.Appointment and Dismissal of Employees
    Section 1. Securing Human Resources
    Section 2. Recruitment Examinations
     1. Recruitment Examination Conducted in FY2014
     2. Improvements in the Recruitment Examination System in FY2015
    Section 3. Appointments, etc.
     1. The Initial Appointment in FY2014
     2. Appointment Status Survey of National Public Employees in Regular Service
     3. Appointment to Specified Government Positions (Division Directors at Headquarters, etc.)
     4. Enlargement of Initial Appointment and Promotion of Female National Public Employees
     5. Promotion of Employees Appointed Through Level II and III Examinations, etc. to Senior Positions
     6. Dispatch to Law Schools
    Section 4. Promoting Appointment of Human Resources from the Private Sector
     1. Appointment of Private Sector Personnel to Invigorate the Public Service
     2. Fixed-term Appointment
     3. Fixed-term Appointment of Researchers
     4. Personnel Exchange Between the Government and the Private Sector
    Section 5. Situation Related to Changes in Status
     1. Demotion and Dismissal
     2. Temporary Retirement
     3. Reduction in Pay

  
Chapter 2. Human Resources Development
    Section 1. Outline of Training Systems Conducted by the NPA
    Section 2. Training by Levels of Positions
     1. Administrative Training
     2. Experience-based Training at the Time of Promotion for the D.D.G. Level, such as Front Office Services
    Section 3. Dispatch Training
     1. Overseas Fellowship Programs
     2. Domestic Fellowship Programs
     3. Overseas Study Costs Repayment System
    Section 4. Training Courses for Special Themes, etc.
     1. Training Courses for Special Theme
     2. The Instructor Training Programs, etc.

  
Chapter 3. Remuneration of Employees
    Section 1. Report and Recommendations on Remuneration
     1. Mechanism for Remuneration Recommendation
     2. 2014 Report and Recommendation
     3. Survey of Remuneration of National Public Employees
     4. Survey of Job-by-job Pay Rates in Private Enterprises
    Section 2. Implementation of the Remuneration Act, etc.
     1. Revision of the Fixed Numbers of Officials in Each Grade of Salary Schedules

  
Chapter 4. Life Planning for Elderly Personnel
    Section 1. Situation of Mandatory Retirement and Reemployment System, etc.
     1. Situation of Mandatory Retirement and Employment Extension
     2. Implementing the Reemployment
    Section 2. Support for Planning Life After Retirement

  
Chapter 5. Employees' Working Environment, etc.
    Section 1. Working Hours and Leave
     1. Situation of Overtime Work and Annual Leave Taken
     2. Research and Study Regarding the System of Working Hours and Leave
    Section 2. Health and Safety Measures
     1. Promotion of Health Management
     2. Ensuring Safety ~ Prevention of Accidents at Workplace ~
     3. Instructions and Enlightenment on Health and Safety Management~Training Seminar for Health and Safety Management~
    Section 3. Measures to Prevent Sexual Harassment
    Section 4. Childcare Leave System, etc.
     1. Expansion of the Childcare Leave System
     2. Childcare Leave Actually Taken
    Section 5. Leave for Self-Development, etc.
    Section 6. Leave System to Accompany a Spouse
    Section 7. Accident Compensation
     1. Revision of the Accident Compensation System
     2. Status of the Implementation of Accident Compensation System
     3. Operation of Accident Compensation System~Appropriate Management of the Compensation System~
    Section 8. Audits
     1. Payrolls Audits
     2. Audit of Health and Safety Management
     3. Audit of Implementation of Accident Compensation
    Section 9. Service Discipline and Disciplinary Action
     1. Service Discipline
     2. Disciplinary Action
     3. The Concurrent Holding of Positions

  
Chapter 6. Employee Organization
    Section 1. Range of Managerial Personnel, etc.
    Section 2. Registration of Employee Organizations
    Section 3. Officials’ Acts on Behalf of Employee Organization
     1. Exclusive Engagement
     2. Short Term Engagement
    Section 4. Meetings with Employee Organizations

  
Chapter 7. Equity Process
    Section 1. Appeal Against Disadvantageous Disposition
    Section 2. Requests for Administrative Action on Working Conditions
    Section 3. Appeals for Review Related to Implementation of Accident Compensation and Appeals for Measures Related to Welfare Services
    Section 4. Appeals for Reviews Related to Remuneration Decisions
    Section 5. Consultation of Complaints

  
Chapter 8. International Cooperation
    Section 1. Status of Personnel Dispatches Based on the Employee Dispatching Act
    Section 2. International Cooperation and Exchange
     1.Invitation of Foreign Government Executives
     2.Cooperation with Developing Countries
     3.The China-Japan-Korea Personnel Policy Network
     4.Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program
     5.Research Groups from Abroad

  
Chapter 9. Promotion of IT for Personnel Management Duties

  
Chapter 10. NPA President's Award .

 
Volume 2 -Activities of the National Public Service Ethics Board

  
On the 15th Anniversary of the Ethics Act and the Ethics Code

  Chapter 1. Awareness-raising Activities to Maintain Ethics
     1. Thorough Familiarization with the Ethics System and Public Relations Activities
     2. Training on Maintenance of Ethics Related to Official Duties of Public Employees
     3. Hearing Opinions on the Ethics System

  
Chapter 2. Status of Reporting System Under the Ethics Act
     1. Outline of Reporting System
     2. Reports Submitted in Recent Years

  
Chapter 3. Investigations and Disciplinary Actions for Suspected Violations of the Ethics Act, etc.
     1. Outline of Investigations and Disciplinary Procedures
     2. Status of Investigations and Disciplinary Actions for Suspected Violations of the Ethics Act, etc.

Appendix