Suga Informed in 2015 of Labor Survey Method Change

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference Friday that he was informed of a change to the method for the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry's monthly labor survey by a senior ministry official in March 2015.

While noting that his memory about the matter is not perfect, Suga quoted a then aide as saying the ministry explained to him that it would hear opinions from experts about differences that appear in the results of the labor survey every few years due to a complete replacement of sample businesses covered by the statistics.

The ministry made data adjustments for the survey from January 2018, without disclosing it, and year-on-year changes in nominal wages turned out rosier than they actually were, as a result.

Opposition parties believe that the labor survey irregularities reflected the intention of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration to highlight the government-claimed achievements from his Abenomics economic policy mix.

The opposition side plans to grill the Abe administration over the statistics scandal during intensive deliberations at a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, on Monday.

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