A report submitted by the Board of Audit to Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda shows that government organizations and state-financed corporations still waste public money. The board uncovered 451 cases of inappropriate or illegal accounting amounting to ¥31 billion in fiscal 2006. Some cases border on crimes. Government workers need to improve their ethics.

Of the ¥31 billion, ¥26 billion was lost to improper accounting, including wasteful spending and asset evaluation errors, and ¥5 billion to uncollected tax and social insurance premiums.

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