Guidelines for Universally Accessible and Usable Workplaces

Note: This is an excerpt from a presentation given at the World Workplace Europe 2003 conference, which was held in Prague, May 11-13, 2003. Please see the complete article for the entire text of the presentation.

Introduction

Japan is rapidly rushing into an aging society. The population in Japan is estimated to reach a peak of 127 million in 2004 and then decline to 92 million in 2050, 39 percent of which will at that time be age 65 and over. After the workforce aged 15 to 64 achieved its peak number of 87 million in 1995, it continues to decline as follows: 86 million in 2000, 70 million in 2028 (estimated), and finally 49 million in 2050 (estimated) (National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, 2002). This dynamic demographic change will definitely transform future work environments.

The employment of people with disabilities is another critical issue in Japan. In 2001, the number of non-institutionalized people with physical and/or intellectual impairments aged 18 and over was estimated to be about 3.5 million, an increase of 8.7 percent since 1996 (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare [MHLW], 2001a, 2002a). Of this 3.5 million population, only 190,000, or 5.8 percent, were actually employed by public or private sector organizations. In addition, while the Law for Employment Promotion, etc., of the Disabled Persons regulates the employment quota that requires a private company to employ people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities at 1.8 percent or more of all employees, the average of the actual employment rates was only 1.5 percent in 2001 (MHLW, 2001b).

In order to be prepared for increasing diversity of employees, Japan Facility Management Promotion Association

Year: 
2003
Author: 
Shiro Nitanai, Kanya Shiokawa, Yoko Saito
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