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Japan's small companies make big push to land recruits

Salaries, other benefits pitched to entice graduating college students

Students line up to register for a recruitment interview with a major insurer.

TOKYO -- Small and midsize businesses in Japan are scrambling to attract talented college students who graduate next March, as they face increasingly tough competition from larger companies amid the tightest labor market in decades.

This year's recruitment season for graduating students officially kicked off Thursday, allowing employers to start interviewing applicants. Many young job seekers in navy blue suits were seen headed to interviews on the first day. Quite a few of them had already secured unofficial job offers even before the day ended. A delighted female student from Meiji University said she got an offer from a big company.

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