Genghis Khan isn't just a brutal 13th century conqueror. To many young bureaucrats in Japan, he is also the example of an ideal boss.
The Mongol warrior, who united disparate tribes across Asia into a dominating military force, was named most frequently by new civil servants as the person they think would make the best supervisor.
Katsushi Koizumi, a spokesman for the National Personnel Authority, said Thursday that many new bureaucrats regard Genghis Khan as "a man of organization who achieved a united Mongolia, rather than just a conqueror."
The government asked 520 newly hired national civil servants whom they would most admire as a boss. Seventy-nine listed Genghis Khan -- the first time since the survey began in 1991 that a non-Japanese topped the list.