Retirement in Japan and South Korea
The past, the present and the future of mandatory retirement
Edited by Masa Higo, Thomas R. Klassen
Routledge – 2015 – 224 pages
This book looks at retirement issues in Japan and South Korea in an era of population ageing. The book also outlines similarities between Japan and Korea as productivist regimes, which are distinct from countries characterized by liberal, corporatist-statist, and social democratic welfare capitalism. It also provides an overview and analysis on retirement in two countries and the future policy implications.
The book will be of use to those who wish to study retirement in these two countries for own research and policy making in counrties with ageing populations. The case studies provides invaluable insight to how these two countries reform their retirement policies.
1. Retirement in Japan and Korea in an Era of Rapid Population Ageing, Masa Higo and Thomas R. Klassen 2. Development of the ‘Productivist’ Welfare Regimes in Japan and Korea, Sophia Seung-yoon Lee 3. Mandatory Retirement in Japan: An Overview of the Past and Present, Atsuhiro Yamada and Masa Higo 4. Experiencing Mandatory Retirement: The Perspective of Older Workers in Japan, Masa Higo 5. Mandatory Retirement in Korea: An Overview of the Past and Present, JeungKun Kim and Thomas R. Klassen 6. Experiencing Mandatory Retirement: The Case of Older Workers in Korea, Kyung Ah Shin 7. Aging Challenges in China’s Workforce: Demographic Projections, Labor Market Dynamics and Solutions, Barbara McIntosh and Chun Zhang 8. The Move to Abolish Mandatory Retirement Age: The Case of the United Kingdom, George W. Leeson and Hafiz T.A. Khan 9. The Future of Mandatory Retirement: A Japan-Korea Comparison and Policy Lessons, Thomas R. Klassen and Masa Higo
Masa Higo is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology in the International Student Center at Kyushu University, Japan. His research focuses on the roles of population ageing and economic globalisation in creating and reproducing risks and inequalities in later life in the United States, Japan, and other countries in East Asia.
Thomas R. Klassen is a Professor in the Department of Political Science, and the School of Public Policy and Administration, at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has written widely on retirement and income security policies.