Records of Japan Ministers' Schedules Scrapped Soon after Creation

Politics

Tokyo, April 25 (Jiji Press)--Records of Japanese cabinet ministers' schedules, including their meetings, were discarded in a very short period after or even on the day when they were created, it has been learned.

The revelation came after Access-Info Clearinghouse Japan, a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, made freedom-of-information requests to Japanese ministries. The NPO is working to promote the disclosure of public information.

The guidelines on the management of administrative records stipulate that the storage period for records on ministers' schedules is less than a year.

It is not illegal to dispose of such records on the day they were created. But the NPO is calling for the guidelines to be revised so they are stored for a longer period, pointing out that records of schedules are important materials for checking whether ministers are abusing their positions.

The NPO asked the Cabinet Office and 11 ministries to disclose records of their ministers' schedules in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018, and related records, in the wake of a series of scandals related to public records, including one in which the Ministry of Finance tampered with records linked to a controversial discount sale of state land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen.

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