Japan to Compensate for Jobless Benefit Shortfalls from March

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Tokyo, Jan. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japanese labor minister Takumi Nemoto said Thursday that the government will pay from March compensation to current recipients of jobless and other benefits for shortfalls caused by a flawed monthly labor survey.

At issue is a change that the ministry made in 2004 to the survey method without taking required procedures. The change caused wage data in the survey to come out lower than they actually were.

The government underpaid jobless and other benefits to a total of some 20 million recipients, because the wage data were used to set the amounts of the benefits.

At off-session meetings of the labor committees of both chambers of the Diet, the country's parliament, opposition parties voiced their suspicion that the labor ministry manipulated wage statistics to dress up data related to Abenomics, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policy package.

Specifically, the opposition sees as problematic the ministry's remedial action taken for the survey from the January 2018 release without any announcement. Following the action, monthly data showed strong growth in nominal wages in 2018.

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