Japan Govt Draws Up Measures to Prevent Document Tampering

Politics

Tokyo, July 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Friday drew up measures to prevent a recurrence of inappropriate handling of public documents by government employees, including dismissal and other disciplinary steps.

The measures were adopted at a cabinet meeting on public document management involving all cabinet members including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, after a series of scandals such as document tampering at the Finance Ministry.

Under the measures, the government will ban any corrections to written approvals by government officials in principle. If government employees tamper with such documents, they will face punishments, such as dismissal.

"Restoring lost trust is very difficult, but we have to achieve it," Abe told the meeting. "We'll do our best to prevent the recurrence of such problems."

Announcing the measures, the government made clear that written approvals by officials are public documents that record administrative decisions and therefore must not be altered.

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