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Economy

Japan rethinks retirement

Mitsuko Kotachi landed a regular position at this Tokyo nursing home at the age of 71.

TOKYO -- The graying of Japan is having a dramatic effect on the nation's labor force. In the decade through last year, the number of workers aged 60 and up increased more than 30%. In 2009, senior workers surpassed those in the 20-29 age range. Employers are being forced to rethink retirement policies once aimed at keeping young blood coursing through the corporate veins; some are even actively recruiting older talent.

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