JP: Minister, others to return wages over pension system data leak

Have we ever seen any American executives return their wages over a data security breach? I can’t recall ever seeing that. And while some commenters on this Kyodo News story think the amount is “chicken feed” and a meaningless gesture, it’s still noteworthy, I think:

Japanese welfare minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki and other senior officials doubling as lawmakers will return all the wages they have received since assuming their current posts at the ministry over a massive data leakage from Japan’s pension system in May, the ministry and the Japan Pension Service said Friday.

The refund, which does not include their salaries as lawmakers, is a part of a series of punitive measures the two organizations imposed on their officials, as the JPS’s failure to prepare for cyberattacks allowed its data on about 1 million people to be leaked through the attack.

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