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Japanese retailer will hire people older than 80 in labor crunch

Nojima drops employee age limit, following move by zipper maker YKK

After raising its retirement age to 80 earlier this year, electronics retailer Nojima has now removed the limit, so that its staff can work as long as they want to address an acute shortage of labor.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese companies are increasingly relying on people past their retirement age to fill job vacancies in a tight labor market, with one retailer scrapping its employee age limit.

Electronics store chain Nojima has in effect removed an employee age limit of 80, starting this month. The company will even hire new workers over that age.

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