Panel Strictly Reexamining Labor Survey Flaws: Abe

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that a third-party special panel is now strictly reexamining the flawed labor survey that is at the center of the government's statistics scandal.

"I'm taking seriously criticism of the statistics irregularities and will make utmost efforts to prevent a recurrence of similar problems," Abe said at a plenary meeting of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament.

Abe was responding to Kazuya Shinba of the opposition Democratic Party for the People during a question-and-answer session after the prime minister's policy speech on Monday.

Shinba asked when the government will be able to complete payments to cover shortfalls in employment insurance and other benefits that have been caused by the flawed labor survey, which researches monthly employee wages and working hours.

Labor minister Takumi Nemoto told the Upper House that his ministry will take necessary measures in order to pay the shortfalls as quickly as possible to as many people as possible.

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