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About a third of new entrepreneurs were 60 or older in 2012, the latest year for which data was available, according to the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, part of the trade ministry. That compares with 8 percent three decades earlier. The self-employed seniors tend to provide management consulting and other services, leveraging their professional experience, the agency said in a report. Older Japanese are looking to put their knowledge and experience to work, with the goal of enjoying productive and fulfilling golden years, said Atsuko Nomura, senior researcher at the Japan Research Institute in Tokyo. They also have more capital than younger people, making it easier for them to get started, she said.