INTERVIEW: Japan to Tap Elderly Workforce Further

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Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)--Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Takumi Nemoto has indicated that his ministry plans to tap Japan's elderly workforce further to realize a social security system that benefits all generations.

The creation of such a social security system is a pillar policy of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"We find it important to realize a society in which people of all generations can actively play roles," Nemoto, who took up the post in a cabinet reshuffle earlier this month, said in a recent interview with media organizations including Jiji Press.

Among the steps the ministry needs to take, Nemoto cited "creating a better work and social environment for a variety of people, such as the elderly, extending the healthy life expectancy and improving productivity."

The ministry plans to hold discussions on these issues until next summer in order to "realize a society where elderly people who are willing to work can do so regardless of their age," Nemoto said.

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