Japan Panel OKs Remedial Measure for Labor Survey

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 30 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government commission on Wednesday approved a remedial measure for the flawed monthly labor survey at the center of the government's statistics scandal.

Under the measure endorsed by the Statistics Commission, the ministry will directly survey large business establishments in Tokyo so that it can switch back to a complete survey method in June.

The ministry collects wage and other data in the survey through the prefectural governments. In the scandal, the ministry employed a sampling method for large establishments in Tokyo with 500 employees or more although it is supposed to survey all of them.

The ministry says it took the inappropriate step mainly in consideration of the work burdens on the Tokyo metropolitan government arising from the survey.

The commission, under the wing of the internal affairs ministry, also proposed establishing a group to consider measures to prevent survey irregularities.

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