Japan to Conduct Nationwide Probe on Public Hiring of Disabled

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 24 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to conduct an investigation on the employment of disabled people by local governments across the country, following the revelation of related data irregularities at many ministries, it was learned on Friday.

An official of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare suggested the nationwide probe during a hearing by opposition lawmakers about the employment data scandal.

Labor minister Katsunobu Kato made a report on the issue to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the same day. Abe demanded that the ministry respond to the issue promptly.

A number of ministries and agencies including the labor ministry itself are suspected of falsely calculating their disabled employment rates to meet the statutory target.

Similar cases have been also revealed at local governments.

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