In January longstanding inaccuracies in the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s “monthly labor statistics survey” came to light. Due to the fact data was manipulated so that the average salary appeared to be lower than it actually is, it is said approximately 20 million people received less money than they were entitled to. Data scandals involving government ministries, including faulty data and documents lost in storage, have occurred several times. While Japan is generally known to be one of the world’s most honest countries, many Japanese people are disappointed by the immorality of its government officials. Because of this scandal, people have begun to have doubts about the reliability of data released not just in Japan, but also in foreign countries. Since government policy and media reports are based on this data, it has a massive influence on the everyday lives of citizens. Recently, Japan accused a Korean destroyer of training its weapons-guiding radars on a self-defense plane. Korea has denied this and the dispute continues. Japanese people believe that Korea is telling lie after lie, while Koreans believe the explanation of the Korean government is correct. In the end, the truth of the matter was not clear, and the incident led to bad feeling between the citizens of both nations. People fabricate data with some kind of ulterior motive. But it could be a problem in that this leads others to demand justice for supposed crimes.
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