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Agriculture University reaches out to include older citizens

Date Posted: 2006-12-18

There is a trend among older people to move away from traditional jobs and toward nature, and Agriculture University is working with them to support the change.

The university is creating and promoting agricultural courses tailored to citizens in the 35~60 age bracket, including programs on growing fruits and vegetables and flowers. An official says he expects to see many students who are level headed, and who are currently working in a variety of trades, signing up for the courses.

Isamu Taira, the Agriculture University President, says shorter courses are a key to attracting the new students. “Two years is quite a long time for people who want to change their jobs, so I want to make it easier. There is no chance for people to learn the whole agriculture system, so we will structure programs they can more quickly use.”

Surveys show serious interest among businessmen to seek a career change at age 65, away from current occupations as bankers, in construction industry and public service to more nature-oriented jobs.

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