Japan Construction Statistics Overstated since 2013

Politics Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 15 (Jiji Press)--Japan's infrastructure ministry inappropriately altered data for statistics on construction works for years from 2013, ministry officials said Wednesday.

Monthly orders for domestic construction works projects from public and private entities, used in calculating gross domestic product, were overstated. The construction orders, based on surveys of about 12,000 companies, are one of the core statistics designated by the internal affairs minister.

The revelation came on top of the padding of monthly employment data at the labor ministry, which came to light in late 2018, prompting the government to examine all core statistics.

The construction data alterations may constitute a violation of the statistics law. The infrastructure ministry is investigating how the miscounting began and whether the practice affected any other statistics.

Infrastructure minister Tetsuo Saito admitted to the data changes and apologized at a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Japan's parliament, the same day.

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