The government will create support clubs to help “older freeters” secure full-time jobs, labor ministry officials said Wednesday.

The measure is also aimed at boosting the falling birthrate, under the theory that secure employment will lead relatively older freeters — age 25 and above — who earn their livings through temporary jobs to have families.

The Shushoku Kurabu (Employment Club) envisioned by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry aims to be a gathering place where freeters can network.

Freeter is a Japanese coinage from the English word “free” and the German word “arbeiter” meaning worker.

The ministry hopes the club helps curb the country’s falling birthrate, as many experts say the rising number of nonfull-time workers and aging society are the underlying causes of the late marriage trend.

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