2,615 Japan Post Workers to Be Punished over Moonlighting

Economy Politics

Tokyo, April 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan's internal affairs ministry is set to punish 2,615 Japan Post Co. workers for doing side jobs, such as farming, without permission from the internal affairs minister, it was learned Tuesday.

The employees to be penalized are those who have a national qualification for handling important postal items, such as content-certified mail, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The ministry will give administrative guidance to the mail delivery arm of Japan Post Holdings Co. <6178>, urging it to take preventive steps.

Content-certified mail is a service that certifies the content and other information of mail for the senders. Certified mail authentication employees at Japan Post Co. who have the national qualification, established in line with the country's postal service privatization project, check the content and stamp mail.

These employees are deemed public servants and need to get the internal affairs minister's approval when they do second jobs.

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