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Japan's top staffer Recruit to be led by 45-year-old CEO

Idekoba will target foreign acquisitions and keep eye on Big Tech's move into staffing

Recruit has long dominated Japan's market for staffing services, but it is now looking to expand abroad while investing in technology. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Japan's No. 1 staffing agency Recruit Holdings appointed 45-year-old Executive Vice President Hisayuki Idekoba as president and CEO, the company said Wednesday, looking to expand the use of digital technologies and overseas acquisitions under a new leader.

Idekoba, who succeeds current CEO Masumi Minegishi on April 1, will be Recruit's first new president in nine years. He joined the company in 1999 after graduating from Japan's Waseda University.

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