The findings of a new survey managed by the Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry show that around half of the home care workers in Japan have experienced harassment while at work. 81 percent of participants who reported being harassed, stated that they had experienced psychological abuse. Abuse and harassment of home care aids is an issue- around 42 percent of respondents who reported abuse, reported physical abuse. When asked why harassment is occurring, respondents reported that their clients misunderstand the services that they provide, or simply devalue their work. Last year, the Nippon Careservice Craft Union, petitioned the labor ministry for better legal protections against harassment for domestic care workers.