Employment of Disabled Low in Japan
Disabled people employed in the private sector made up 1.46% of its total workforce last year, falling below the minimum rate of 1.8% set by the government, according to a government white paper released Tuesday. The number of disabled people employed by private companies totaled 257,939 as of June last year, up by 10,846 from a year earlier, the report said.
According to a 2003 survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the average monthly wage of disabled people working at vocational aid centers totaled 22,000 yen, while their wage at private companies came to 250,000 yen — highlighting considerable wage disparities among disabled people. There are 6.5 million people in Japan with either physical, mental or intellectual disabilities, accounting for about 5% of the total population, the report said.