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Abe's rivals say data scandal damages global reputation

Labor minister's admission points to systemic cover-up

Japan's omission of major Tokyo companies from labor surveys harmed official statistics, damaging trust in its data and depriving many of benefits.
Japan's omission of major Tokyo companies from labor surveys harmed official statistics, damaging trust in its data and depriving many of benefits.   © Photo by Maho Obata

TOKYO -- The faulty wage data scandal that has ensnared Japan's labor ministry has given fresh ammunition to critics of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as concerns mount that global confidence in government statistics could take a hit.

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