[MHLW]  “Report on Social Welfare Administration and Services FY 2019” Published

On February 4th, 2021, the MHLW published its “Report on Social Welfare Administration and Services" for the fiscal year 2019. The report aims to obtain basic data on welfare administration in order to give a picture of the degree to which it is being implemented. The MHLW compiles data from each prefecture, designated city, and core city, and publishes a report each year. The report covers 13 administrative fields including the welfare of persons with physical disabilities, comprehensive support for persons with disabilities, special child-rearing allowance, welfare for persons with intellectual disabilities, welfare for the elderly, women's protection, welfare volunteers, social welfare foundations, child welfare, maternal and child health, child-rearing allowance, relief for the wounded/sick retired soldiers, and relief for the Japanese remaining in China after the war. The main findings of the report are as follows:

  • Welfare of persons with physical disabilities
  • Number of physical disability certificate holders: 5,054,188 (down 33,069 from the previous year, a decrease of 0.7%)
  • Welfare for persons with intellectual disabilities
  • Number of medical rehabilitation handbook holders: 1,151,284 (up 35,322 from the previous year, an increase of 3.2%)
  • Welfare volunteers
  • Number of welfare volunteers (including child welfare volunteers): 229,071 (down 3,170 from the previous year, a decrease of 1.4%)
  • Child welfare
  • Number of consultations regarding foster care at child welfare centers, including in cases of child abuse: 267,955 cases (up 30,236 from the previous year, an increase of 17.2%)

* 49.2% of the total number of consultations handled by child welfare centers are consultations regarding foster care.

For more information, please visit the following link (Japanese only). https://www.mhlw.go.jp/toukei/saikin/hw/gyousei/19/index.html