Japan: Determinants of retirement in a hyper-aged society

Masa Higo, Heike Schröder, Atsuhiro Yamada

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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
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781137566973
ISBN (Print)9781137566966
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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