In the recent popular incidents of the NHK channel, single news has become quite popular. Apparently, a 28-year-old civil servant who works in Hiratsuka City was suspended for 6 months for publishing four light novels.
The books earned him 3.2 million yen which is equal to 28,000 US Dollars. While he was on sick leave from his full-time job, he broke the Local Public Service Act by writing these, and as a result, he had to receive the punishment. But guess what, he quit the job instead of taking the suspension.
In Japan, a civil service job is considered one of the best career paths, and tons of graduates apply for those positions every year. It is also known for being an easily promoted job as per the work and seniority.
According to the Local Public Service Act, government employees are not allowed to have separate part-time jobs since it may get in the way of their duty.
When the person was away from work on sick leave, he was compensated the salary to recover, but he wasn’t allowed to take any other paid work.
In June 2021, Hiratsuka City has received a tip while the employee was on leave. After a thorough investigation, they found out that he not only had written four light novels but also posted around 250 stories on a novel website and promoted them thousands of times on Twitter.
On October 20, 2021, they suspended him for 6 months without pay for violating the Local Service Act, and he decided to quit the job. As he worked as a manager, he wasn’t aware that they needed to get permission to write novels.
Hiratsuka City apologized for the employee’s action by stating it will never happen again and we will make sure to devote them to their duties alone. The Japanese press made his info confidential, and we have no idea who the man is or what light novels he wrote.
Well, I’m kind of curious to see what light novels he wrote, and I feel mutually biased with this incident. Let us know what you think about it in the comment section below.
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