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Japan eyes raising civil service retirement age

Threshold could move from 60 to 65 to cope with shrinking workforce

Japan is facing a shrinking pool of workers as the population grays.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has begun examining lifting the mandatory retirement age for civil servants to 65 as a means of counteracting the nation's shrinking labor pool.

Japanese law generally sets the retirement age for civil servants working for the national government at 60. An extension up to three years can be granted if a departure would cause a significant disruption of functions.

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