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Firms hiring more foreign students (Japan)
Japan Times ^ | 10/20/2013 | Japan Times

Posted on 10/21/2013 12:21:42 AM PDT by TexGrill

Though relations between Japan and its neighbors South Korea and China have been less than rosy in recent years, Japanese companies are increasingly looking to hire foreign students from these and other Asian countries who have studied in Japan, according to the Tokyo-based recruitment and consulting firm Disco Inc.

With companies focusing on finding the most talented people to help them expand into foreign markets, the practical necessities of business seem to be overriding political wrangling.

The survey, released this month, found that 35.2 percent of 539 companies across the country said they have hired, or plan to hire, foreign students in the 2013 business year. Looking ahead to 2014, nearly half of these companies say they are planning on hiring foreigners who have studied in Japan. Larger companies with more than 1,000 employees appear even more willing to hire such people. Nearly 70 percent of these firms said they plan to hire such graduates in the next fiscal year.

The reason given by most companies was rather simple — they want the most talented people possible, especially as businesses move into other Asian markets. Around 40 percent of the firms said they were seeking to hire Chinese nationals, and 24.2 percent said they wanted to hire Vietnamese and Thais.

The hiring of more foreign students is a sign that Japanese businesses are increasing their efforts to expand in Asian markets.

(Excerpt) Read more at japantimes.co.jp ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: japaneconomy
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1 posted on 10/21/2013 12:21:42 AM PDT by TexGrill
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