The government and experts on the scandal about the Monthly Labour Survey of Japan

- Absence of data-based criticism
TANAKA Sigeto <>
(Tohoku University)
Japan Association for Social Policy Studies, the 144th (2022 Spring) Biannual Conference (2022-05-14)

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The rationality of policies should be backed by critical communication based on data and logic. The government, experts, and non-expert citizens can contribute to establishing such communication. This study focuses on the Monthly Labour Survey of Japan conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). The survey faced the criticism that its sampling and estimation scheme was biased between 2004 and 2018. The author observed several discourses that emerged after the scandal was first reported by a newspaper. The results show a few cases of non-experts analyzing data to find the surveys' defects. Experts (statisticians, economists, etc.) were inactive and the government (except the MHLW) took no such action. This paper describes the details of such discourses and discusses ways to ensure effective critical public communication about the government's policies.


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