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Cosmetics Makers Give Grooming Tips to Job-Hunting Young Men (News)

Tokyo, April 10 (Jiji Press)—With job-hunting by university students about to get into full swing, Japanese cosmetics makers are offering young men tips on grooming and how to maintain a good appearance for job interviews. Students at Kindai University's Osaka campus take part in a December 21, 2016, Mandom-sponsored seminar on personal grooming for job-seekers. (© Jiji) The companies hope …
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Job-Hunting Season Kicks Off in Japan (News)

Tokyo, March 1 (Jiji Press)—University and other students in Japan who are due to graduate in spring 2018 kicked off job-hunting activities on Wednesday, when companies were allowed to start offering seminars to provide information about them, including their business operations, for the upcoming graduates. The job-hunting season is expected to last effectively for only some three months, with …
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Changing Career Goals for Female Students in JapanUehara Yoshiko

To follow up on my previous article about shūkatsu, Japanese students’ hunt for post-graduation jobs, in which I discussed this annual ritual in the context of the changes in Japanese society, here I would like to offer an overview of the job hunt for women students. The current generation of older people may still harbor an image of the students at women’s universities as taking jobs with top-…
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“Shūkatsu”: How Japanese Students Hunt for JobsUehara Yoshiko

Foreign tourists are now an everyday sight on the streets of Tokyo. One wonders what they make of the young Japanese men and women they see wearing uniform black suits, showing less individuality than even the typical “salaryman.” They are evidently not businesspeople, but what are they? The answer: These are Japanese university students suited up to hunt for post-graduation jobs. A distinctive…
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Higher Education and the Japanese DiseaseKariya Takehiko

In an age calling for an increasingly globalized workforce, there is widespread alarm about declining standards in the Japanese education sector. Where do the problems lie? Kariya Takehiko, a sociology professor who has taught at universities in Japan and England, analyzes the current situation.
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