3,700 Japan Govt Workers Falsely Counted as Disabled

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 22 (Jiji Press)--A total of 3,700 employees at ministries, agencies and other bodies of the Japanese government had been counted inappropriately as disabled workers as of June 1, 2017, a report by a third-party inquiry panel showed Monday.

The panel concluded that "arbitrary and inappropriate standards" were used to meet the mandatory rate of employment of people with disabilities for the public sector, which was 2.3 pct at the time. The floor employment rate has been raised to 2.5 pct since April 1 this year.

Such practices had continued for at least 20 years, the report pointed out.

Initially, most of all 33 central government institutions said they had cleared the required employment rate.

But according to the report, disabled employment numbers were padded at 28 bodies, including all ministries, while the employment rate was actually met by six institutions. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare pretended it hired 15 extra disabled workers although the ministry was found to have cleared the required level without them.

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