Abe Says Not Aware of Survey Flaws before Govt Adopts Budget

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that he was not aware of labor survey irregularities before his government adopted an annual budget plan late last year.

Speaking at the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, Abe said he was informed of the survey irregularities on Dec. 28 by one of his aides.

The government adopted its fiscal 2019 budget plan on Dec. 21.

Abe said he ordered a thorough investigation when being informed of the statistics flaws.

He made the comments in response to a question by Yukio Edano, leader of the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan after Abe made a policy speech at both chambers of the Diet on Monday.

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