Japan Labor Ministry Corrects Explanation about Hearings

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Tokyo, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japan's labor ministry on Tuesday corrected the number of officials who were directly interviewed by members of a third-party panel investigating irregularities in a monthly survey.

The number was actually 12, not the 20 reported by Yumiko Jozuka, head of the labor minister's Secretariat, at parliamentary meetings on Thursday, the ministry said.

The ministry also said that the remaining 19 of the 31 officials subject to the hearings by the investigative panel were questioned by ministry staff alone.

Ministry staff also questioned all officials covered by separate hearings conducted by a ministry team investigating the survey irregularities before the third-party panel began its probe.

The latest revelations raise further questions about the neutrality of the ministry's investigation into the scandal over survey irregularities, which came to light last month.

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