Gov't puts off plan to extend retirement age of public servants

Japan has decided to put off a plan to extend the retirement age of public servants in an upcoming Diet session, government sources said Saturday.
The decision was made after the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took into account the possible negative repercussions for national and regional elections slated this year, the sources said.
As the plan to extend the current retirement age of 60 in stages entails more taxpayers' money, the government has judged that it could attract strong criticism from opposition parties and the public.
The government and ruling parties thought that it would not be wise to debate the bills ahead of quadrennial nationwide local elections in April and the House of Councilors' election expected in July.
The government had planned to submit the necessary bills during the ordinary Diet session to be convened on Jan 28.
It will reconsider the timing of the bills after the upper house election. Under the plan, the government is considering moving up the age limit by one year every three years from fiscal 2021 until it reaches 65 in fiscal 2033.
In August, the National Personnel Authority recommended the government gradually extend the age limit and pay public servants 70 percent of their final salary when they work after they reach the age of 60.

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