Japan: Determinants of retirement in a hyper-aged society

Masa Higo, Heike Schröder, Atsuhiro Yamada

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Abstract

Today Japan is far ahead of the rest of the world on the aging curve of the population and faces unprecedented pressure to delay workers’ retirement. In this national context, workers’ retirement decisions and behaviors are largely determined, at the macro- and mesolevels, by the interplay between the government and employers over reforming mandatory retirement corporate policies thoroughly and uniformly institutionalized across the country’s workplaces, which are set at ages much younger than in most other developed countries around the world. The primary microlevel determinants of retirement include the persistent gender roles, which have still affected many female workers, those currently aged 50 and older in particular, as they are often rendered as primary caregiver for children, aged parents, and the household.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDelaying Retirement
Subtitle of host publicationProgress and Challenges of Active Ageing in Europe, the United States and Japan
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages241-268
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781137566973
ISBN (Print)9781137566966
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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    Higo, M., Schröder, H., & Yamada, A. (2016). Japan: Determinants of retirement in a hyper-aged society. In Delaying Retirement: Progress and Challenges of Active Ageing in Europe, the United States and Japan (pp. 241-268). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56697-3_11