August 29th 2019
TOKYO — Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday that 17 of 44 government entities saw their numbers of workers with disabilities fall short of necessary levels as of June 1 this year.
The number of institutions with such shortfalls dropped from the previous year’s 35, after a total of 3,623 people with disabilities were hired since October last year partly through employment examinations targeting only disabled people.
The proportion of disabled people in the total workforce at the 44 institutions stood at 2.31 pct, up sharply from 1.22 pct. Still, the rate remained below the legally required level of 2.5 pct.
The number of workers who were hired by the government after quitting private-sector jobs came to 507, or 14 pct of all new disabled workers. Of the total new disabled employees, mentally handicapped people accounted for some 50 pct. The total number of mentally disabled workers shot up nearly fourfold.
Meanwhile, 170, or some 5 pct, of the newly employed people have already quit.