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Aichi Prefecture increases number of disabled people employed

"Breaking down the figures by disability; the number of those employed who have a physical disability has increased from 4.5% to 21,805,5, those with developmental disabilities increased 10,3% to 6,973. The number of those employed who have a mental illness increased by 36%, with was the largest rise in the prefecture ."

Written with extracts from the Chunichi Shimbun

April 21st 2019

AICHI  – Data compiled by the Aichi Prefecture Labor Bureau, found that as of June 1st 2018, number of employees with mental illness was 3989, an increase of 1056 over the same period of the previous year. People with mental illness were included in employment requirements for each company since last April.

The total number of disabled workers employed is 32,764,5 (some of the short-time workers count as 0.5), and increase of 2,648,5 from the previous year, to a record high for two consecutive years. The employment rate for people with disabilities, which was the second lowest in the country after Tokyo, improved by 0.08 points to 1.97%, but it was still the third lowest of all prefectures.

Breaking down the figures by disability; the number of those employed who have a physical disability has increased from 4.5% to 21,805,5, those with developmental disabilities increased 10,3% to 6,973. The number of those employed who have a mental illness increased by 36%, with was the largest rise in the prefecture .

Regarding the employment of mentally disabled people, it was decided that the legal employment rate of private enterprises will be raised to 2.2% by the revision of the Employment Promotion Act for Persons with Disabilities in 2013, and it will be added to the number of persons calculating employment rate from April 18 The As of June 2013, the number of employed mentally disabled people in the prefecture is 1267, which has more than tripled in five years.

In recent years, the increase has been around 500 a year, but the sudden increase to 1000 has the effect that it has been counted as one even for short-term work only from mental disorders this time. Moreover, the background of the fact that the number of holders of the mental health and welfare handbook, which was about 45,000 in 13 years, has increased to about 70,000 this April. Currently, only 5. 7% of the owners are employed.

The person in charge of the Aichi Labor Bureau Occupational Measures Division said that “the recognition that the mentally handicapped person was also targeted by the revision of the law in April last year is spreading among companies”, and the joint interview meeting in cooperation with prefectures continues to deliver lectures to companies and companies, aiming for a further increase.

The president of the nonprofit organization Prefecture Association for the Mentally Disabled Family Association welcomes the news: “If there is a company…for people with disabilities we can really work as members of the same society, we hope for further improvement.”

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