Gakubatsu

Gakubatsu

In Japan, a group of alumni from the same school or university. Historically, members of gakubatsu have maintained ties with each other, which has impacted Japanese government and business.
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This is reinforced by the practice known as amakudari (descent from heaven), whereby bureaucrats, following retirement from government service, descend from on high to toil in the earthly realms of business and politics, taking advantage of connections forged earlier through gakubatsu (university ties), kyodobatsu (prefecture ties), and keibatsu (marriage ties).
Whether in the American scholarly literature or in the Japanese newspapers, "school cliques" (known as "gakubatsu") dominated traditional Japan.
More industrial managers believe that too many fellow Japanese employers encourage students to accept the gakubatsu system, the old-boy networks that cherry-picked the best graduates.