Hiring of disabled hits record high

JIJI

The number of people with disabilities who found jobs through public job placement offices in Japan hit a record high for the fourth consecutive year in fiscal 2013, according to government data released on Wednesday.

The figure was up 14 percent from the previous year to 77,883 in the year ended in March, according to the ministry of health.

The number of new hires of mentally disabled people rose strongly, exceeding the figure for those with physical handicaps for the first time.

A total of 28,307 people with physical handicaps found new jobs, up 6.5 percent, while 17,649 people with intellectual disabilities were newly employed, up 10.1 percent. The number of new hires of mentally disabled people rose 23.2 percent to 29,404 people.