Abe Denies Labor Survey Manipulation for Abenomics


Tokyo, Feb. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday denied the allegation that the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry's monthly labor survey had been manipulated to emphasize the success of his Abenomics policy mix.

"We've never falsified statistics to make my administration's economic policies look better" than the reality, Abe told a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, in response to opposition lawmaker Hiroshi Ogushi.

"It's true that the number of jobs has increased by 3.8 million, with more women and elderly people now in work, and that overall wages have continued to rise in both nominal and real terms," he stressed.

Abe categorically denied any involvement of his side in a revision to the method of the labor survey, which is at the center of the statistics scandal rocking his administration, saying that "I've never given instructions" for the change.

Yuichiro Tamaki, leader of the major opposition Democratic Party for the People, noted that a panel of experts created in 2015 by the ministry to improve the monthly labor survey confirmed at a meeting in August the same year that the businesses covered by the statistics would be fully reshuffled.

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