The labour ministry is required to review all businesses in Japan with at least 500 employees, but collected data from only a third of some 1,400 such companies in Tokyo since 2004, breaching the statistics law. Photo: Reuters

Data scandal forces Japan to correct personal income stats after underpaying benefits by US$456 million

  • Sampling irregularities going back 15 years have seen benefits and compensation to some 20 million people going underpaid
  • Dozens of officials have been reprimanded, while the labour minister and his two deputies will return pay dating back to their October appointment
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The labour ministry is required to review all businesses in Japan with at least 500 employees, but collected data from only a third of some 1,400 such companies in Tokyo since 2004, breaching the statistics law. Photo: Reuters
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