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A law to promote the employment of disabled people has succeeded in increasing their numbers in the nation’s workforce. It obligates both the government and private sectors to employ a certain number of physically and mentally disabled people. The government plans to submit a revision bill to the current Diet session to expand the scope of the law to cover people suffering from mental illnesses as well.

Although the obligatory employment of mentally ill people will start in April 2018 after a five-year grace period, the revision will play an important role in helping eliminate prejudice and discrimination against such people.

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