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Japan Inc. opens up more to midcareer talent

In signs of a shift, experienced workers account for 28% of planned hires

With a growing need for workers with technical skills who can start immediately, midcareer hiring is becoming more common in Japan.  (Photo courtesy of job fair organizer Doda)

TOKYO -- Experienced workers account for nearly 30% of all planned recruitment by major companies this fiscal year, according to a Nikkei survey, as corporate Japan continues a gradual shift away from its traditional preference for fresh graduates.

Companies expect to bring on 66,763 midcareer workers, up 12.7% from the fiscal 2018 projection, results released Saturday show. This represents 28.3% of all planned hiring, an increase of 7.5 percentage points. The share has risen for 10 straight years, roughly tripling over that period.

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