Japan to Punish Labor Bureaucrats over Survey Irregularities

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to punish senior labor ministry officials, including vice minister Toshihiko Suzuki, over recently revealed irregularities in the ministry's monthly survey, informed sources said Thursday.

"We'll take action, in light of what happened actually," labor minister Takumi Nemoto told reporters.

The ministry is slated to decide punitive measures, based on the outcome of a special inspection panel's investigation.

The inspection panel, which held its first meeting on Thursday, agreed on the need to thoroughly investigate the cause and take preventive measures.

"This is an extremely serious incident damaging public trust in government statistics at the foundation of policymaking," Nemoto told the meeting.

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