FOCUS: Tight labor market leading to unsavory recruitment tactics in Japan

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Kyodo News

Intense competition among Japanese companies trying to recruit new graduates has led some to engage in drastic and unprofessional tactics in a desperate attempt to lock in students who previously made informal commitments but have begun to waver. Recruitment, which slowed during the COVID-19 pandemic, has seen a resurgence due to a pickup in demand for goods and services. Additionally, Japan’s long-running demographic challenges are heightening competitiveness in the labor environment. Interviews for job applicants from next spring’s graduate class and others officially began on June 1, but ma…

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