Editorial

The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan), March 1, 2018 | Go to article overview

Editorial


People with disabilities working in accordance with their motivation and abilities, thereby helping to support society -- it is hoped that a soon-to-be-implemented measure provides momentum in creating an environment for this objective.

The proportion of mandatory employment of handicapped people -- a scheme that obliges corporations and others to hire a certain percentage of disabled people -- will be raised in April. The proportion for private companies will be increased from the current 2 percent to 2.2 percent, and then raised to 2.3 percent by the end of fiscal 2020.

The mandatory proportion is based on the number of physically and intellectually handicapped people who want to work. The revised Disabled Persons Employment Promotion Law states that mentally disabled people are to be newly included in the calculation to determine the number of handicapped people. April's mandatory proportion increase reflects this.

Corporations with 50 or more employees are currently subject to the mandatory ratio system, but the scope of corporations subject to it will be expanded step by step.

The number of disabled people who want to find employment is increasing. From the standpoint of encouraging them to participate in society and become self-reliant, it is important to widen the scope of places in which they can be actively involved. The need to increase the number of workers has been growing amid a fall in the working population. The mandatory ratio increase can be described as a measure befitting the circumstances.

There were 496,000 disabled corporate workers as of June 2017, marking a new high. That number, the 14th consecutive yearly increase, can be viewed as the result of efforts by both the public and private sectors.

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As many as 50 percent of corporations have fallen short of meeting the mandatory proportion. Thirty percent of companies have not employed even a single disabled person. Delays among small- and medium-sized companies in accepting handicapped people are conspicuous. …

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