Internal Affairs Ministry to Probe Flawed Labor Survey

Politics Economy

Tokyo, Feb. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japan's internal affairs ministry said Wednesday it will set up a special team to investigate irregularities discovered in an annual labor ministry survey on wage structures in Japan.

The internal affairs ministry's Administrative Evaluation Bureau will aim to secure neutrality and objectivity in reviewing the survey at a time when the labor ministry is under fire for its investigation into flaws found in another key survey.

Until now, the labor ministry has been probing the wage structure survey, which is used to set minimum wages and the amounts of work accident benefits.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a new conference the same day that the wage structure survey will be reviewed by the internal affairs ministry to place it under outside scrutiny.

The internal affairs ministry bureau checks policies and administrative management by government ministries and agencies in as unbiased a way as possible, making recommendations for improvements.

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