The Nagasaki Labor Bureau has summarized the employment situation of persons with disabilities in the prefecture (as of June 1, last year). In private companies, the actual employment rate, which indicates the ratio of persons with disabilities to employees, increased by 0.07 points from the previous year to 2.61%, the highest ever since the start of aggregation in 1977.
As the spread of the new coronavirus spreads the impact on employment, the number of people with disabilities who have been dismissed from companies has risen to about 1,200 in the six months to September, an increase of about 40% compared to the same period last year, according to the summary by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Between February and June this year, the number of persons with disabilities who had been dismissed from companies was 1,104, an increase of 152 (16.0%) compared to the same period last year, according to a summary by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare by August 4th. One of the reasons is that it became impossible to maintain employment due to the deterioration of business as the new coronavirus spread.
There are more than 460,000 persons with disabilities working in private companies across the Japan where employment of persons with disabilities is required, and this is the highest ever, while approximately 30% of companies do not employ any persons with disabilities, a survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has shown.
“Last year there were a series of incidents found where the employment rate in Japan fell below the 2.5% required by law, despite each ministry promoting the employment of people with disabilities. Disabled People International argues that there is a lack of awareness about employment of people with disabilities.”
“On November 30th the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare published guidelines for national and local governments to create plans for creating workplaces so that persons with disabilities working in government agencies can play an active role.”
““I want to enjoy my job without losing obstacles.” A seminar to think about how people with disabilities in a community with such thoughts can work by making use of their abilities will be held on December 6th 2019 in the complex facility “Nigiwai no Sato no Ichi Camino” in Nonoichi City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Young people who are active in the welfare field in European countries and think about how participants and people with disabilities work are invited. Participation is free.”