New Document Fraud in Japan Deepening Government Credibility Crisis: Experts (News)


Tokyo, March 12 (Jiji Press)—Following the Japanese Ministry of Finance's recognition on Monday of alterations to documents related to a controversial state land sale to private school operator Moritomo Gakuen, experts in related areas warned of a deepening crisis of public trust in the government.

"It's a serious situation in which the credibility of government-approved documents is in question," said Miki Yukiko, head of Access-Info Clearinghouse Japan, a nonprofit organization tackling issues on the disclosure of public information.

The revelation of document alterations came on top of the discovery earlier this year of data irregularities in a labor ministry survey report related to planned government legislation to overhaul labor regulations.

"They kept only favorable information for themselves," Miki stressed. "This is a problem with the whole bureaucratic system."

The latest case may be "just the tip of the iceberg," the NPO head argued, pointing to a need to revamp related systems to allow greater checks on government documents.

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