Japan Govt Revises FY 2019 Budget after Bungled Labor Survey

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japan's government adopted on Friday a revised fiscal 2019 draft general-account budget, which includes additional costs needed for covering shortfalls in employment insurance and other benefit payments traced to recently unveiled irregularities in labor and wage statistics.

The draft budget now totals 101,457.1 billion yen, up by 650 million yen from the initial budget proposal adopted late last month. The government will issue deficit-covering bonds to finance the additional spending.

It is very unusual for a draft state budget to be revised after adoption, due to a government error.

Opposition parties are set to grill the government over the labor survey irregularities at the ordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, seen starting on Jan. 28.

The benefit underpayment stemming from the misconduct related to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry statistics, one of the key government economic data, is estimated to affect a total of 20.15 million people since 2004, when the irregularities started.

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