A study released this week shows corruption remains a big issue in East Asia. The group Transparency International spoke with more than 20,000 people about their recent experiences with corruption in 16 Asian and Pacific countries. The study finds that about 900 million people in 16 Asia-Pacific countries have made an illegal payment to a government official to receive services.
About a third of those asked said they had paid a bribe in the last year. The study found that police are the most likely officials to demand an illegal payment. About 20 percent of those asked said they believed corruption had lessened. Forty percent said they believed it had worsened.
Rukshana Nanayakkara works for Transparency International. He said people in seven countries pay the most bribes. India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia and China as well have very high bribe-paying rates.
Nanayakkara said the study found that some nations, including Australia, do not have a corruption problem. Japan, South Korea and Thailand all have very low bribe-paying rates.
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