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G20 labor ministers call for elderly-friendly working environment

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Labor ministers from the Group of 20 major economies have adopted a joint statement calling for a safe and healthy working environment for elderly people as their countries' populations age.

At the end of their gathering in Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture on "Shaping a Human-Centered Future of Work," the ministers also agreed to work toward correcting the gender gap in employment.

"An aging population will bring new job opportunities associated with the 'silver economy,' but without appropriate actions, also has the potential to result in shortages of labor and skills, slower economic growth, and poverty and inequality in older age," the statement said.

"We recognize the importance of promoting an active aging society that enables all to participate in the labor market without discrimination," it added.

The ministers also agreed on policy interventions targeting older workers and employers and helping increase job prospects for the elderly.

Citing long-term care as one of the sectors expected to grow amid aging, the ministers called for improving the quality of jobs in the sector, including wages, working hours, safety and health, and protection from violence and harassment.

While the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, in 2014 made a commitment to reducing the gap in the labor force participation rate between men and women by 25 percent by 2025, the ministers said "more needs to be done" to achieve the goal.

"We encourage a more balanced share of household and care responsibilities, including men's take-up of family-related leave," the joint statement said, adding they will tackle gender stereotypes that may be limiting opportunities for working women.

Japan's labor minister Takumi Nemoto pledged at a press conference to implement policies stipulated in the joint statement by cooperating with other G-20 countries.

The G20 first held a labor ministers' meeting in 2010 in Washington. The latest round, the 10th, was the first to be hosted by Japan.

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What? Shouldn't the idea be retirement? Not working untill death. Now that as it used to be was the goal in life. Not working adnausaum. Shifting the goal posts is not a good sign for the future.

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safe and healthy working environment for elderly people as their countries'

It's not about to create environment so those elders be able to work, is about to save pension scheme. Especially when you see pension system is not working anymore since in lot of countries they having less young people in your workforce to contribute to pension fund.

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Guess I'll be riding that packed subway to work into my 80's then I can rightfully use the silver seats.

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Japan already has an elderly-friendly working environment. The elderly are always in charge. Every young person I know complains about how elderly employees impede progress and make their working lives unbearable.

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Seen from the perspective of corporations, the government, Keidanren and similar organizations, the little people are "human resources", with all that that implies...

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The elderly are always in charge. Every young person I know complains about how elderly employees impede progress and make their working lives unbearable.

Elderly employees sometimes stick using decades old mindset and work cultures while these days things can change in faster way. Those young employee just got caught between middle of it.

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