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Survey reveals 37 percent of Japan’s elderly have paying jobs

An elderly woman wearing a face mask walks in a street in Tokyo on June 9, 2020. (AFP)
An elderly woman wearing a face mask walks in a street in Tokyo on June 9, 2020. (AFP)
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31 Jul 2020 12:07:20 GMT9
31 Jul 2020 12:07:20 GMT9

TOKYO: A Japanese government survey showed July 31st that 37.3 percent of people aged 60 or over have paying jobs.

The figure was up 4.4 percentage points from the previous 2016 survey, according to the 2020 white paper on aging society, which was adopted at a cabinet meeting on the day. In the survey, 74.1 percent of respondents said they are living without worries.

Commenting on the results, a Cabinet Office official said, “The number of elderly people living fulfilling, stable lives has increased.”

As the survey was conducted in January, before the novel coronavirus began to spread in Japan, however, the official said that elderly people are “now believed to be worrying about various things in their lives.”

The survey was carried out for 3,000 people, with valid responses coming from 58.5 percent.

Over 60 percent of men aged 60-69 and women aged 60-64 said they have jobs with pay.

The most common level of monthly pay for working respondents is the range from 100,000 yen to less than 200,000 yen, with 30.9 percent of them seeing their pay come within the range.

Asked until what age they want to work, 36.7 percent, the largest group, said they hope to do so as long as they can.

JIJI Press

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