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Opinion

Japan must abolish mandatory retirement

With labor short, workers should be free to work beyond 60

| Japan
Many Japanese companies get around compulsory retirement with ad-hoc measures such as the temporary rehiring of older workers.

At a time when Japan's aging population is running short of workers, it is time to do the obvious -- scrap the obsolete rule which forces most people to retire at 60 or soon afterward.

Mandatory retirement, which was originally devised to protect older people from exploitation, today robs a country that is starved of labor of a valuable source of workers. It also discriminates against the over-60s in a way which would be illegal in many other developed nations. Economic sense and justice demand that this arbitrary rule should be abolished. People should be free to choose when they retire.

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