TOKYO – The Japanese government, at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, adopted a bill aimed at preventing government ministries and agencies and other public organizations from overstating the employment of disabled people.
Under the bill to amend the law on promoting the employment of people with disabilities, public organizations would be required to preserve documents used to determine if the person who they consider employing has disabilities.
The labor ministry will be granted review and advisory power to check whether such agencies are employing disabled people according to the rules.
The bill also includes measures to promote the employment of such people.
The government will set up a benefit system for private-sector companies that employ disabled people working between 10 hours under 20 hours a week. Through the system, the government hopes to encourage firms to employ people with mental disabilities, who have a hard time working long hours.