Labor Ministry Rapped for Lack of Compliance over Wage Survey Flaws

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Tokyo, March 8 (Jiji Press)--Japan's internal affairs ministry on Friday criticized the labor ministry for its lack of compliance with law and its widespread practice of refusing to face up to disagreeable situations, in an investigation report on flaws found in the basic wage structure survey.

The report said that these attitudes are "the root problem" behind the irregularities in the labor ministry survey.

On the fact that the misconduct had lasted for a long period, it said reports of related information to senior statistics department officials at the ministry and their instructions to survey staff had not been made appropriately.

"We'll take appropriate measures while fully examining the internal affairs ministry report," labor minister Takumi Nemoto said at a press conference.

In the wage survey, researchers are basically supposed to visit companies and distribute questionnaires. In reality, however, the survey had been conducted by mail in most cases.

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