December 3rd 2018
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The National Personnel Authority started accepting on Monday applications for the first-ever unified examinations to hire people with disabilities as national government workers.
The exams will be conducted after central government ministries and agencies padded the number of disabled employees to meet legally required levels.
Through the exams, comprising first-round paper tests set for February and subsequent interviews by separate government bodies, a total of 676 people will be hired. The final passers will be posted on March 22.
The authority said people can take the exams if two or more years have passed since their junior high school graduation and they have certificates for their disabilities. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 14.
The paper tests, to be held in Tokyo, Osaka and seven other cities, will ask takers to answer high school-level questions about general matters and write an essay. Braille answer sheets and other special measures, such as approval of being accompanied by guide dogs and using personal computers, will be available upon advance request.
A joint job explanation session held late last month by government ministries and agencies was swamped with more applicants than expected, indicating disabled people’s high interest in the upcoming exams.
The government aims to hire about 4,000 disabled people as full-time and part-time employees by the end of next year