Critical Topics in Research and Policy
Globalization and Welfare series
Edited by Philip Taylor
Chapter 4: Older workers in Japan: the present situation and the future challenges
This chapter evaluates recent developments in employment extension for older workers in Japan and presents the challenges for the future. Successive governments have developed a consistent strategy aiming a text ending the mandatory retirement age, known as ‘Teinen’. The 1971Law Concerning Stabilization of Employment of Older Persons (hereafter the Older Workers Law), amended regularly, has played a major role in articulating this strategy. The 2004 Amendment of the Law, enforced in April 2006, is epoch-making. Its mainstay is that employers are obligated to introduce one of the following measures in order to assure employment security until the Full Pension Age (FPA) which is going to be raised gradually to 65 by 2025. The measures are: first, extension of the Teinen age to FPA; second, entire abolition of the Teinen rule; and third, introduction of the continuous employment scheme after Teinen until FPA.
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