100 B. Yen in Tax Money Wasted in Japan in FY 2018

Politics Society

Tokyo, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)--The Board of Audit of Japan said Friday that the amount of tax money wasted by the government in fiscal 2018 totaled 100.2 billion yen, topping the 100-billion-yen mark for two years in a row.

The number of wasteful spending cases in the year that ended in March fell by 39 from the preceding year to 335, the lowest level since fiscal 2004, the board, which is tasked with inspecting government revenue and expenditures, said in a report, which was submitted to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the day.

Of the total number, 254 were related to law violations and other improper cases, with the amount of wasteful spending involved standing at some 5.7 billion yen. Both figures decreased from fiscal 2017.

The sum of money spent improperly was the largest at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, coming to 20.3 billion yen, followed by the Ministry of Finance, at 15.4 billion yen, and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, at 14.1 billion yen.

The number of cases was the highest at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, at 91, followed by the agriculture ministry, at 45, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, at 39.

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