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Many elderly in Japan hoping to work part-time from 65

  • October 25, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 7:30 p.m.
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Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese labor ministry survey showed Friday that 42.3 pct of people in their early 60s hope to work part-time after turning 65.

The survey on elderly employment also showed that 61.0 pct of companies can offer part-time positions for aged people.

The government plans to submit to next year’s regular parliamentary session a bill to revise the law for stable elderly employment to require firms to make efforts for securing jobs for workers after they reach 70. A subcommittee of an advisory panel under the ministry is working to draw up details of the amendment.

The survey covered people aged 60 to 64 who earned incomes from jobs as of June. With multiple answers allowed, 18.6 pct said they want to work as regular employees after they reach 65 and 13.8 pct as contract workers.

Meanwhile, 65.4 pct said that they want to continue working at their current companies because their work regulations allow employees aged over 65 to keep working there.

Only 27.8 pct of companies said they can offer regular positions for elderly workers, while many are ready to hire elderly people as contract workers or offer other nonregular jobs.

The proportion of companies planning to provide elderly people with entrepreneurship support and that of firms considering allowing such people to work on loan at other companies, both among options that businesses would be required to study under the revised law, stood below 3 pct, according to the survey.


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