12Providing Grants to Stabilize Employment of the ElderlyCounseling and Assistance by Advisors on Employment of the Elderly3Employment Support for the Elderly■ Support for Employers Concerning Elderly Employment ■■ Support for Employers Concerning Elderly Employment Grants will be provided to employers who take measures to contribute to the stability of employment of the elderly. JEED seeks to realize a “society with lifelong employment” by providing counseling and other forms of support to the employers on technical issues concerning employment of the elderly as well as conducting research/surveys such as the development of practical methods and publicity activities. These supports aim to facilitate employers’ initiatives in the development of “companies where people can work regardless of their age”, by improving employment management for the elderly and securing a variety of vocational opportunities for them.Grants to Promote Employment of the Elderly over 65●Grant to Promote the Continuous Employment of the Elderly over 65 A certain amount of grant will be provided to employers who take measures either to raise the retirement age, to abolish the compulsory retirement age system, or to establish a continued employment system for employees who desire to continue working until the age of 66 or older, depending on the measures the employer has taken.●Grant to Support Improvement of Employment Environment for Elderly Workers The grant will be provided to employers to partially cover the expenses required for them to take any of the following measures to improve the employment environment in order to stabilize the employment of the elderly.•Installation or improvement of mechanical equipment, work method and/or work environment.•Review or implementation of employment manage-ment system such as personnel development, ability evaluation, wage system and working hours, as well as establishment of health management system.●Grant to Transfer Elderly Workers’ Employment to Non-fixed Term The grant will be provided to employers who transfer the fixed-term employees aged 50 or over but under the retirement age to a non-fixed term. The amount of grant depends on the number of employees transferred.Requests for counseling and applications for grants should be submitted to the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Services Department of the respective JEED prefectural ofces. (See pp. 23-26 for locations, etc.) The Elderly Employment Stabilization Law stipulates that employers must implement elderly employment security measures up to the age of 65 for all employees who desire them. These measures include raising or abolishing their retirement age and introducing a continued employment system in private enterprises for securing employment of the workers who have reached the retirement age. If private enterprises are to create working environments in which elderly individuals can fully exercise their abilities, it is necessary to reexamine the personnel management systems including wage and retirement benefit systems, development and improvement of vocational capability, development of job categories, and improvement of the work environment. Furthermore, to promote the elderly employment strategy more proactively, it is required to raise the retirement age and extend the period of continuous employment. JEED appoints specialists with professional and practical expertise in the field of elderly employment such as social insurance labor consultants, small- and medium-sized enterprise management consultants, and management and labor consultants as advisors on employment of the elderly (Advisors) to provide various services. The Advisors visit companies to identify and clarify problems in promoting the elderly employment using the corporate management consulting system*. They provide professional and technical counseling and assistance on the procedures and methods for problem-solving. Also, based on requests from the companies, the Advisors will make proposals for practical improvement to promote employment of the elderly. Furthermore, when requested by the companies, Advisors will provide training for the corporate workplace managers, as well as for the middle-aged and older employees to strengthen their motivation.