(Tokyo Shimbun: February 29, 2016 – p. 2)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed in a public forum held on Feb. 28 that the government’s biggest task over the next three years is to change the way people work, with a particular focus on improving the working conditions of non-regular workers, redressing long work hours, and facilitating the employment of senior citizens and disabled people. By May, the government will put together a program aimed at realizing a society that enables dynamic engagement by all citizens focusing on these three elements.
The “dialogue to realize a society that enables dynamic engagement by all citizens” forum was convened for the second time under the sponsorship of the government. Abe attended the event for the first time. Remarks were made at the event by 12 people, including those working at a nursing home and those seeking employment.
“I will change society in a way that allows for different working styles to suit the needs of individuals,” Abe said. He indicated that the program will include measures to improve the working conditions of people who work at nursing homes and daycare centers. (Abridged)