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Japan college seniors face longer, tougher job hunting season

Companies reduce recruiting and take interviews online

Japanese college seniors may face difficulty in securing job offers given the economic slump brought on by the pandemic.

TOKYO -- As Japan's job-hunting season shifts into high gear Monday, college seniors face an employment landscape upended by the coronavirus pandemic, with interviews going online and some hard-hit companies freezing recruitment.

As companies interview thousands of students online, the process is expected to take longer. With many planning to reduce new hires, the tide may be shifting in the job hunter's market that college students have enjoyed in recent years.

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