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Business trends

More Japanese companies hire talent from overseas universities

Global labor trends help bring change to a stolid corporate culture

Welcome to the new Japan Inc., where Asian hires are being counted on to stimulate their native co-workers. Mercari is an online flea market that hired mainly non-Japanese graduates last year.

TOKYO -- More than a quarter of major Japanese companies have hired foreign graduates from overseas universities in the current fiscal year, which runs through March, according to an internet survey by leading employment information provider Disco.

The survey results come as cross-border battles for high-performing information-technology engineers push salaries ever hire -- a trend that is putting famously change-resistant Japanese corporate culture under great strain.

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