Keidanren, Universities Call for Diverse Hiring

Economy

Tokyo, April 22 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, and Japanese universities put forward on Monday a joint proposal to expand the year-round hiring of new graduates, calling for recruiting more diverse human resources.

At their meeting, Keidanren and universities concluded that the current system in which companies hire new graduates en masse needs to be reformed in order to realize the Keidanren-proposed Society 5.0, in which cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, are widely used.

The start date for expanding the year-round hiring has yet to be decided. The proposal will be reported to the Council on Investments for the Future, chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The government aims to include the proposal in its growth strategy scheduled to be drawn up this summer.

Participants in the meeting included Keidanren Chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi and Hiroki Yamaguchi, president of Saitama University and chairman of a round table for discussing employment issues.

The proposal calls for establishing a task force to produce action plans for a smooth shift to the new recruitment system.

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