The Government of Japan intends to submit to the parliament bills on raising the retirement age of civil servants. This was announced on Monday by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
“The retirement age should be raised to meet the increasingly complex tasks of administrative management,” he said during a debate in one of the commissions of the lower house of Parliament. “We are preparing to introduce the relevant draft laws as soon as possible.”
The aging and shrinking population are one of Japan’s most pressing social problems. However, according to official data from health authorities, men in the country remain fully alert and able to work on average up to 71 years, and women — up to 74 years. The government considers the elderly Japanese as the most important labor reserve.
Currently, pensions in the country are paid to citizens at the age of 65. But they have the right to go on vacation at any time between the ages of 60 and 70. Payments to those who do this before the age of 65 will be somewhat reduced, and those who continue to work after the age of 65 are entitled to a surcharge. The question of increasing the official retirement age by five years, with an increase in the corresponding allowances, is now being considered.