The Japanese government last week endorsed emergency measures to enhance the social security system, including financial support for rural doctors and promoting employment of elderly people willing to work.

According to The Japan Times, the government will support companies that hire people aged 65 or older – the age when they become eligible to receive a pension. They also will look into ways to guarantee minimum pensions benefits in the government-run pension scheme.

The ageing population combined with the declining workforce makes this a sensible plan. IAHSA will keep an eye on it to see how it evolves.