November 2nd 2018
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a House of Representatives Budget Committee on the morning of November 2nd that the central ministries had been increasing the number of persons with disabilities, “I am sorry as a head of an administration for a problem that had been neglected for nearly 20 years,” Abe said, responding to a question from Junya Ogawa of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan in the House of Representatives.
Mr. Ogawa pointed out that the prime minister did not expressly mention this issue in a speech “It should be taken seriously.” The Prime Minister stated, “People with disabilities and those with intractable diseases showed a strong will to make a total of 100 million active society where everyone can be active,” Mr. Ogawa called the efforts to employ disabled people, “inadequate”.
The Prime Minister stated, “I instructed each ministry and agency to include ideas on employment,” he emphasized the attitude toward preventing reoccurrence.
In this issue, it is clear that the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism had already included persons with disabilities who had retired. Keiichi Ishii The Diplomatic Relations Dialogue said Mr. Ogawa ‘s question,
“We added up without confirming the presence or absence of retirement, and apologize deeply for not doing so.” “I’ve heard that it was not intended to intentionally increase the number of people with disabilities by recognizing that they are retiring.”