Regarding the July 24 AFP article “Retirees (in Japan) still seeking work“: This is similar to Canada and the United States, where the work ethic is so ingrained in the psyche of the general population.
Of course, a purpose helps us enjoy life, whether we are employed or unemployed. But we can create our own purpose utilizing leisure activities, which a lot of Japanese, Americans and Canadians will have to do in retirement simply because they will not be able to find a retirement job or not be able to create their own retirement job through starting a business. I cover this in my two books on retirement, which have been published in Japanese.
Besides creating a purpose, the other two important elements for a happy retirement are having some structure and a sense of community, two elements that corporate jobs provide us with and which are lost when we retire from corporations.
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