According to Tomonari Higuchi, a business consultant in Yamagata Prefecture, "he often hears personnel managers referring to the difficulty of hiring aged workers."
"There's a remarkable number of people who feel they are treated like redundant baggage," said Higuchi, 51. "While there has been progress on a legislative level, in general the genuine intent of companies to hire elderly workers remains low."Otsu notes, for example, that one job-seeker in his t0's was told "We only have young employees working here" when telephoning a company offering jobs stating no age limit.
Some employers openly admitted that not indicating an age limit was just a matter of expediency. Though the government can issue warnings to companies found to be flagrant transgressors of the law banning most age restrictions, the law itself has no penalty clauses.Source: Daily Yomiyuri "Work for elderly remains elusive goal" (May 8, 2008)