Panel Again Finds No Systematic Cover-Up of Survey Irregularities

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Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)--A special investigation panel, in an additional report released on Wednesday, again found no systematic cover-up by the Japanese Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry of irregularities discovered in its monthly labor survey.

Pointing to no evidence of detailed meetings or well-organized preparations, the panel concluded that it cannot be said that the ministry "intentionally covered up" the misconduct.

The panel also denied a cover-up attempt by any executives or employees at the ministry.

In the additional report, the panel recognized that the ministry made false reports to the internal affairs ministry by stating that it covered all companies subject to the survey although it actually used a sampling method.

The false reports were produced by a ministry division at its own discretion, and the act "should be severely criticized," the panel said.

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