Japan Proposes Raising Elderly Age Standard to 70

Japanese experts suggest increasing the elderly age standard from 65 to 70 to promote continuous learning and societal happiness.

On May 27, Japanese lawmakers proposed raising the age considered “elderly” from 65 to 70, sparking heated debates online.

Japanese legislators

The aim is to encourage continuous learning and skill enhancement among the population to achieve a “happy society.”

Many netizens responded passionately, with some expressing concern that this change implies working until death.

This proposal follows Toyota’s plan to allow employees aged 65-70 to continue working to address labor shortages.

According to Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, as of October 1, 2023, Japan’s total population, including foreigners, was 124.352 million, a decrease of 595,000 from the previous year, marking the 13th consecutive year of decline.

The proportion of people aged 65 and overreached a record high of 29.1%, with the number of people aged 75 and over surpassing 20 million for the first time.

The number of foreign residents in Japan increased by 243,000 from the previous year, reaching a record high of 3.159 million.

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Japan Proposes Raising Elderly Age Standard to 70

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