Govt Survey Error Causes 56-B.-Yen Underpayment of Benefits, Subsidies

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Tokyo, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)--An error in the method used by the Japanese labor ministry for conducting its monthly labor survey in 2004-2017 has led to underpayments totaling 56.75 billion yen in employment and workers' accident insurance benefits, and state subsidies to businesses, the ministry said in an investigation report Friday.

As many as some 20 million people received lower benefits than they were supposed to due to the survey error, which led the ministry to report employee wages of 0.6 pct less than reality on average during the 14 years.

The wage data are reflected in benefit and subsidy payment levels.

The government will carefully trace the records to reimburse recipients for shortfalls.

"We'll consider including necessary expenses in the budget," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference, suggesting that the government will revise its fiscal 2019 draft budget to deal with the survey error problem.

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