33% of Japan’s population is above the age 60, 25.9% are 65 or above, 12.5% aged 75 or above. This is due to many interesting factors (see links below) but it means that Japan needs to raise its retirement age to 77!
The percentage of seniors in Japan who want to work past age 60 exceeds 80 percent. When asked why, they say “To earn money for living expenses” (76.7 percent).
One result is the establishment of innovative Silver Human Resource Centres, which make it possible for retirees aged 60 and above to carry out community-based, part time work on a flexible basis. Many of them also provide classes designed to ‘re-skill’ elderly people in jobs for which there is rising demand, such as IT or translation work. They boast more than 800,000 registered members.’
- Does your country or city have job hunting centres or programmes for seniors?
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