December 7th 2019
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s council recently released information that shows that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has halved the number of persons with disabilities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where the employment of persons with disabilities has not progressed among the central ministries.
As for the employment of persons with disabilities in central ministries, last year there were a series of incidents found where the employment rate fell below the 2.5% required by law, despite each ministry promoting the employment of people with disabilities.
The Japan branch of Disabled People International (DPI) says that under these circumstances, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s council has policy due to the peculiarities of working overseas, such as embassies, etc. This policy is to reduce the number of people with disabilities who have to be hired by approximately half because it is difficult to fulfill their employment obligations.
On December 7th, the DPI, which is an organization created by persons with disabilities, submitted a request for withdrawal of policy to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In the request form by the DPI, it is argued that there is a lack of awareness about employment of people with disabilities, and that it is necessary to discuss how they can work instead of deciding that they cannot work overseas.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, states it will continue to promote the employment of persons with disabilities systematically in each ministry and seek understanding of the policy.