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Japan losing competitive edge due to poor practical training, expert warns
Japan Times ^ | 09/24/2013 | Saiyuri Daimon

Posted on 09/24/2013 10:17:11 PM PDT by TexGrill

DALIAN, CHINA – There may be many unemployed young people in Japan, but there are also a lot of companies that can’t fill their vacancies due to a shortage of talented applicants, Darryl Green, president of major staffing and workforce solution service company ManpowerGroup, said in a recent interview.

Warning about Japan’s labor market, Green told The Japan Times there are plenty of openings for technical positions in Japan, such as engineers and in sales, but most people who have recently graduated from Japanese universities have no practical skills to qualify for those jobs.

“The needs of corporate Japan are not met by the young people that are being produced by Japanese education and society,” Green said, adding that unless Japan acts now to address these problems, it’s competitive edge will continue to erode.

According to a survey of 1,043 Japanese firms conducted by ManpowerGroup in January, 85 percent said they can’t find the right people for the positions they want to fill.

The percentage of such firms has been increasing since the annual survey was first carried out in 2006. That year, the rate was 58 percent, but by 2011 it had risen to 80 percent and it reached a record high 85 percent this year.

That figure is 50 points higher than the global average of 35 percent, according to a worldwide survey of 40,000 firms.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: japaneconomy
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1 posted on 09/24/2013 10:17:11 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

Can’t find talented people or not willing to train someone? Did i say train? I meant “invest”. Poor poor pitiful business, grown fat from pillaging the skilled, don’t know what to do when the trough dries up.

You want talent? Create and invest in it.

2 posted on 09/24/2013 10:36:44 PM PDT by drunknsage
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“Can’t find talented people or not willing to train someone?”

Latter, and finding someone cheaper’ who is willing to work for crap factors in. Of course, I will have to agree on the definition of “right person” For example, we hate liberals so we have to find the right employee who is like-minded.

3 posted on 09/24/2013 11:42:17 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: TexGrill

Japanese businesses looking for their own version of the H1B work visa program in the US by creating nonsense job qualification descriptions that no one can meet (as in requiring 5 years experience in a 2 year-old cutting-edge technology) so they can claim the need to import talent from overseas.

4 posted on 09/25/2013 3:27:03 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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