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Corporate Japan test drives internships in race for talent

Labor crunch pushes employers to try new recruitment approaches

Japanese college students take part in an internship program at a Uniqlo store in New York.

TOKYO -- Employers in Japan are stepping up recruitment via internships to secure young university-trained prospects as competition in the domestic labor market intensifies.

Companies in Japan plan to hire 93,368 university graduates in the spring of 2018, up 9.7% over the forecast for this year, according to a Nikkei Inc. survey. In this seller's market for labor, hiring managers are trying new programs to attract good candidates.

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