Irregularities Found in 22 of Japan's 56 Primary Sets of Statistics

Politics Economy

Tokyo, Jan. 24 (Jiji Press)--The internal affairs ministry said Thursday that it has detected irregularities in 22 of Japan's 56 primary sets of statistics during an investigation prompted by a high-profile cheating scandal involving the labor ministry.

The internal affairs ministry said it cannot rule out suspicions that irregularities in 21 of the 22 sets amount to violations of the statistics law.

Following the announcement, opposition parties seem certain to step up criticism of the government at an ordinary Diet session to start on Monday.

The internal affairs ministry will report the results to the statistics commission, a panel of experts, and set up a working group under the commission to consider preventive measures.

The ministry stressed that there was no case of misconduct that could affect people's daily lives, other than the labor survey irregularities, which has forced recalculations of jobless and other benefits.

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