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Japanese municipalities slow in hiring disabled people

  • December 25, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 7:42 p.m.
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Tokyo, Dec. 25 (Jiji Press)–The proportion of municipalities in Japan that achieved the statutory hiring rate of disabled people came in at only 72.3 pct as of June 1, though up 2.7 percentage points from a year earlier, the welfare ministry said Wednesday.

Local bodies “were unable to increase the number of disabled employees drastically as it is difficult to hire new people due to limits under employment quotas and budgets,” a ministry official said.

The statutory hiring rate is set at 2.5 pct for state agencies and municipalities, 2.4 pct for education boards, and 2.2 pct for private companies.

All 35 central government agencies are expected to achieve the statutory hiring rate by the end of the year, despite shortfalls in 13 of them as of June 1.

One high court, 16 district courts and six family courts are seen falling short of the required level by the year-end, the ministry said.

The number of disabled workers was insufficient in 38.0 pct of prefectural and municipal education boards, down 1.0 point. Only 12.8 pct of prefectural boards reached the required level.

The ministry said that the number of disabled employees at private companies increased by 25,839 from a year earlier to a record high of 560,608.5. The hiring rate rose 0.06 point to 2.11 pct, also a record high, reflecting an increase in the employment of people with mental disorders.

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