Tokyo, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)–Improperly used tax revenues totaled 87.4 billion yen in Japan in fiscal 2016, falling below 100 billion yen for the first time in 10 years, the Board of Audit of Japan said in a report Wednesday.
The number of detected cases in the year that ended in March came to 423, down 32 from the previous year.
Of the total, 333 involved law violations, with the affected tax amount totaling 13.7 billion yen. The report was submitted to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The previous year’s total included a case in which the board pointed out that surplus funds of over one trillion yen kept at Deposit Insurance Corp. of Japan were needed to be returned to state coffers. Such a large-scale case was not reported in fiscal 2016.
By entity, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism improperly spent the largest amount of tax revenues, at 38.4 billion yen, followed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, at 15.7 billion yen, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, at 8 billion yen.