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Japan: mixed
response to
recruitment shift

http://thepienews.com/news/japan-mixed-response-to-recruitment-shift/
by Beckie Smith
Japan’s business association, Keidanren, has brought forward the national start date for its companies’ rigorous graduate hiring processes. The move has prompted some concern that the change may negatively impact students who study abroad, though educators have welcomed encouragement that companies strive to hire these students.

From this year, Keidanren has advised its 1,329 members to begin interviewing students from June 1 – two months earlier than the previous year – and issue job offers from October.

This is the second time in two years the date has been modified. Last year, the annual recruitment drive was moved from April to August, in an attempt to enable penultimate-year students to focus on their studies.

Takafumi Ota, director, Information Services Division at the Japan Student Services Organisation’s Student Exchange Department, stressed that interviews beginning in June rather than April, as they did two years ago, is better for students who study abroad.

“There is a merit for students which are in the middle of study abroad programmes and are about to return home in late May or June”

“There is a merit for students, in particular for junior/senior year students, which are in the middle of study abroad programmes and are about to return home in late May or June after finishing a semester,” he said.

However, Tatsu Hoshino, executive secretary of the Japan Association of Overseas Studies, said the June start will nevertheless be “worse timing” for students who have stud