Japanese oji-chan power Meet the man who worked till 101

      Meet the man who worked till 101

Fukutaro Fukui, 104, made a one-hour commute daily into central Tokyo until he retired at the age of 101. (Photo by Kazutoshi Murata)

TOKYO -- Japan is world famous for its long working hours and long working lives. But Fukutaro Fukui still makes most of his countrymen look like shirkers. At the age of 70, when most of his compatriots have already enjoyed several years of retirement, the former securities house executive began a new career as a clerk at a lottery sales broker, Tokyo Takara Shokai.

The job lasted 31 years, with Fukui making a one-hour commute daily into central Tokyo until he retired at the age of 101, becoming one of Japan's oldest known "salarymen," as office workers are sometimes called here.

Now three years into retirement at the age of 104, Fukui said he was motivated mainly by a belief that the desire to work is a deep-seated human instinct and money should not be a primary motive. "It does not matter what we achieved or if we were promoted. I have worked just because it is my instinct." His three-decade last job was not a particularly exciting one, at least by the standards of his previous roles in finance and mergers and acquisitions: it involved mainly counting money and lottery tickets.

To read AYAKO HIRONO, Nikkei deputy editor story, follow this link.  http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/Meet-the-man-who-worked-till-101

 

 

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