Tight labor market leading to unsavory recruitment tactics in Japan

Intense competition between Japanese companies trying to recruit new graduates has led some of them to adopt drastic and unprofessional tactics in a desperate attempt to lock in students who had previously made informal commitments but have started to hesitate.

Recruitment, which has slowed during the COVID-19 pandemic, has seen a resurgence due to a recovery in demand for goods and services. Additionally, Japan’s long-standing demographic challenges make the work environment more competitive.

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