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Three prefectures give detailed reports of ‘padding’ of employees as disabled

“According to the prefecture, it said that "Understanding of the system of person in charge was not enough," explained that it was included without permission for the people who are lightly disabled without making necessary confirmation. He said that he had continued to respond similarly more than 15 years ago.”

From The Yomiuri Shimbun

August 21th 2018

Ehime, Yamagata and Kochi prefectures announced that there was padding similar to the national government’s on 20th, while the problem of inflating the employment ratio (statutory employment rate) of persons with disabilities was discovered by the central ministries. Employment was not done based on law not only in the country but also in local governments.

The Employment Promotion Act for Persons with Disabilities establishes the statutory employment rate for persons with disabilities for national, local governments and companies, and the country and prefecture are set at 2.3% by March and 2.5% from April. The number of persons with disabilities can be included in the guidelines of the nation with persons with handbooks for handicapped persons and persons with medical certificates from designated physicians.

At the presentation of Ehime prefecture as of June, the prefectural governor department had “employing 82 people with disabilities, the employment rate of persons with disabilities is 2. 57%”, but for 50 persons, we confirmed the handbook of disabled Nevertheless, the actual employment rate was 1.30%, which was more than 1 point lower than the statutory employment rate. Including other departments, the prefecture’s total padding in 2018 was 148, similarly in 17 years it was 146.

According to the prefecture, it said that “Understanding of the system of person in charge was not enough,” explained that it was included without permission for the people who are lightly disabled without making necessary confirmation. He said that he had continued to respond similarly more than 15 years ago.

In addition, Yamagata Prefecture announced that 69 people in the county were included as handicapped persons without confirming the doctor’s medical certificate on this day. Although the employment rate in June was 2. 57%, which is higher than the statutory employment rate (2.5%), it is said to be 1. 27% in fact.

In Kochi Prefecture, the employment rate in June last year was set at 2.89%, but 21 people had padded, actually announced that it was 2.3%. At that time the statutory employment rate (2.3%) was satisfied.

According to the prefecture, some officials such as inconvenient walking have not confirmed the presence or absence of a handicapped person because of “consideration for privacy”. This year’s employment rate is under investigation.

The question of inflating employment of persons with disabilities is found in several ministries and agencies such as the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and local governments are also beginning to investigate.

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