Record 530,000 Disabled People Work at Japan Firms


Tokyo, April 9 (Jiji Press)--The number of disabled people working at private-sector companies in Japan as of June 1 last year topped 500,000 for the first time ever, a survey by the labor ministry showed Tuesday.

The number of workers with disabilities increased 7.9 pct from the previous year to 534,769.5, accounting for a record 2.05 pct of the total workforce, up 0.08 percentage point and the first reading above 2.0 pct.

In the survey, a short-time worker is counted as 0.5.

The growth came as the legally obliged proportion of workers with disabilities in payrolls was raised from 2.0 pct to 2.2 pct in April 2018, according to the ministry.

But only 45.9 pct of all companies met the legal standard, down 4.1 point.

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