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Japan – Disabled people at private sector companies hits record high

17 June 2014

Private-sector companies in Japan maintained employed an estimated 409,000 people with disabilities in June 2013, exceeding 400,000 for the first time and marking a record high for the 10th consecutive year, the government said in its white paper on measures for disabled people, reports Japan Economic.

People with disabilities filled a record 78,000 jobs through public job placement agency Hello Work in 2013, up +14% compared with the previous year, the government said. Among them, mentally disabled people took around 29,000 jobs, up +23.2%, outnumbering people with physical disabilities, who found around 28,000 jobs through the agencies.

No details were provided in the article about how the government defined mentally disabled people or physically disabled people.

Private companies in Japan are required to hire people with disabilities as a percentage of their total work force based on a legally set formula. The bar was raised in April 2013, resulting in only 42.7% of companies achieving the target in June 2013, down from 46.8% in 2012.

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