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Faulty wage data over 14 years dents trust in Japan stats

Nearly $500m in benefits owed for unemployment, parental leave and more

The growing scandal is casting a shadow over the credibility of Japan's economic outlook.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The shock waves from years of inaccurate labor surveys in Japan are spreading far beyond unemployment benefits, even forcing the government to revise its fiscal 2019 budget and revisit past economic indicators.

A total of 19.73 million people are owed about 53.7 billion yen ($495 million) in unpaid benefits dating back to 2004, according to a report issued Friday by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

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