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Japan ministries inappropriately included 3,700 people to meet disabled quota

Retired and dead people counted as employees in scramble to comply with rules

Japanese ministries and government agencies are concentrated in the Kasumigaseki district in Tokyo. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese ministries and agencies "arbitrarily interpreted" guidelines for employing disabled people and counted people who are retired or even dead in their numbers in an attempt to meet legal quotas, an investigative panel said Monday.

The committee of lawyers and other experts tasked with looking into the data padding concluded that such "sloppy handling" had existed for decades in some cases.

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