Govt. draws up plan to enable work until age 70

Japan's government has drawn up a plan to enable people to work up to the age of 70.

Japanese businesses are obliged to keep all those who wish to keep working on the payroll until they're 65.

On Wednesday, the government presented a plan asking businesses to choose from among seven measures designed to allow older people to continue working.

They include abolishing the retirement age, extending the retirement age to 70 and introducing jobs at other companies.

Management and labor are to discuss which measures to adopt, with workers choosing what they want to do.

Legislation is to come in two stages. First, the government plans to submit a bill next year urging businesses to keep workers until they're 70. The government would then consider making it mandatory.

The plan also calls for allowing elderly workers to push back the age at which they start receiving public pension payouts.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wants elderly people to make the best of their knowledge and experience in society.

Businesses that actively hire elderly people have welcomed the plan.

A security company based in Tokyo's Tachikawa City allows anyone who's healthy and willing to keep working past the age of 65.

Company president Hajime Tsushima says he believes senior citizens make better security guards because they have more experiences that help them deal with people.

He says he hopes the new system will help ease the worker shortage in the security guard industry.