Improper Retail Price Surveys Come to Light

Economy

Tokyo, Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan's internal affairs ministry said Friday that improper survey methods have been taken to compile retail price statistics, one of the country's key economic data.

Prefectural governments across the country conduct on-site surveys on retail prices for some 500 goods and services for the sake of the ministry. Those prices are used for the consumer price index, the country's major inflation indicator.

According to the ministry, three researchers consigned by the Osaka government to chiefly report restaurant menu prices made survey visits only once every several months, although they were required to do so every month. In one case, no research was conducted at all.

The sloppy surveys affect price data on some 180 items collected from the three Osaka cities of Osaka, Hirakata and Higashiosaka.

A researcher said that there was no time to make visits as required due chiefly to nursing-care for parents, according to the Osaka prefectural government.

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