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October 19, 2006

46 of 47 Prefectural Education Boards Don't Meet Disability Quota

The vast majority of Japan's prefectural education boards are facing pressure to drastically increase the percentage of their employees who are disabled. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has issued a directive to all labor departments chiefs that they meet the mandatory quota for employing people with disabilities. Under a law designed to promote the hiring of disabled people, both central and local governments (in all sectors, not just education) must have at least 2.1 percent of their workforce consist of people with physical or mental disabilities. At the current time, only the Kyoto prefectural board meets that standard - out of the 47 education boards around the country. In comparison, more than 70 percent of all central and local governmental non-education related organizations have managed to meet the quota.

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