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Octogenarian staff: One company's answer to Japan's labor crunch

Japanese retailers look to retirees and seniors to fill gaps in workforce

Stores in Japan are attaching more value to the experience and availability of their elderly employees, who are helping them cope with the country's worsening labor shortage.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Home improvement retailers and supermarket operators in Japan are bolstering their employment of seniors by letting them stay on the job longer.

Cainz, which operates home center chains handling mainly do-it-yourself products, has introduced a system allowing part-time workers to continue working beyond the retirement age of 65. The company is also working to keep employees aged 80 years and older in the payroll.

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