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Japan’s Government’s departments face budget cuts for missing disabled hiring goals

“Under the plan, presented at a related meeting on Monday, such ministries and agencies will each see a cut of ¥600,000 per person a year from funds allotted to purchase consumables, beginning in fiscal 2021.”

From JIJI Press via The Japan News

March 11th 2019

TOKYO – The Japanese government plans to cut budget allocations to ministries and agencies that fail to meet the legally required employment rate for people with disabilities.

Under the plan, presented at a related meeting on Monday, such ministries and agencies will each see a cut of ¥600,000 per person a year from funds allotted to purchase consumables, beginning in fiscal 2021.

Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Takumi Nemoto told the meeting that his ministry will offer as much support as possible for the efforts by ministries and agencies to realize a society in which people with disabilities can play active roles according to their wishes and abilities.

Government bodies were found last year to have padded their numbers of disabled employees for many years. The combined number of such workers at the ministries and agencies fell short of the legally required level by a total of about 3,900 as of June 2018.

Last month, the government conducted the first uniform employment examination for disabled people as part of its efforts to fill the shortages.

If private-sector companies fail to meet the legally required employment rate for disabled people, they will have to pay a ¥50,000 fine per person per month, for an annual total of ¥600,000.

But there is currently no such penalty for government bodies, giving rise to criticism from organizations for people with disabilities and the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition.

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