Japan Panel Proposes Measures to Prevent Statistical Flaws

Politics

Tokyo, May 23 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese internal affairs ministry panel compiled Thursday its proposals on measures designed to prevent a recurrence of government statistics irregularities.

The ministry's Statistics Commission, in the proposals adopted at a subcommittee meeting, called on each government ministry and agency to swiftly appoint officials in charge of examining the causes of survey flaws from an independent standpoint.

The panel said inspectors for key government surveys should be selected from those who have worked for at least 10 years in statistical fields, and for other important general surveys, at least five years.

In the proposed measures, the commission also underlined the need for hiring outside experts and introducing a personnel system highly evaluating experiences in statistical fields.

To improve the efficiency of compiling and checking statistics, the panel proposed posting all government statistics schedules online and promoting the use of online surveys.

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