English article: Hiring individuals with disabilities begins with understanding from employers

August 18, 2015

Mihara Tsuyoshi, (left), a Deaf employee, helps 
a Deaf customer at the KDDI store in Nagoya-shi.
(picture: http://mainichi.jp)Excerpts:
The number of employees with disabilities at private companies is rising according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare indicating a total of 431,225 as of June 2014, which is the highest to date. 
While this increase is due in part to the Handicapped Persons' Employment Promotion Act, which requires companies to raise the ratio of employees with disabilities to their total workforce to 2 percent, only about half of private companies have achieved the goal. 

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