Japan Labor Min. Cut Corners in Some Survey Flaw Hearings

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese labor ministry cut corners in some of its recent controversial hearings with ministry officials over its statistics irregularities, it was learned Monday.

Hearings with three officials ended in just 15 minutes, while an official was questioned only by e-mail without being interviewed, the ministry said in a report to opposition parties.

A ministry team led by Yumiko Jozuka, head of the labor minister's Secretariat, conducted hearings after the irregularities in a monthly labor survey came to light last month.

Its hearings with 24 ministry officials took place between Dec. 27 and Jan. 14, for a total of 25 hours and 19 minutes, according to the report.

The ministry launched an investigation panel including outside experts on Jan. 16. Between that day and Jan. 21, it conducted hearings with 31 officials for a total of 25 hours and 33 minutes.

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