Amid the graying of Japan’s population, an increasing number of companies are offering job opportunities to people age 70 and older after a revised law on hiring older workers took effect last year.

While the law stipulates that companies need to make efforts to ensure workers up to the age of 70 have job opportunities, many companies are hoping to utilize older workers as valuable assets beyond what is laid out in the legislation.

Companies need to be careful when employing older people, for example by making sure to prevent work-related accidents. But what is notable with the current trend is that firms are being flexible — not only employing workers over the age of 80, but also allowing them to have side jobs.