Number of Company Workers with Disabilities in Japan Hits New High (News)
Tokyo, Dec. 12 (Jiji Press)—The number of people with disabilities working for private-sector companies in Japan this year hit a record high for the fourteenth straight year, the labor ministry said Tuesday.
The number totaled 495,795 as of June 1, up 4.5% from a year before.
The share of such workers in the overall workforce posted a record for the sixth consecutive year, rising 0.05 percentage point to 1.97%.
Private-sector companies are required to bring the proportion to 2.0%. The ministry said 50% of companies cleared the target this year, marking the first time in 19 years that the share has reached the threshold.
Many companies are seen to have stepped up hiring of people with disabilities early as the required rate is raised to 2.2% in April next year, a ministry official said.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]