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Face time with the boss lures potential recruits

A startup's internship includes fishing trips with the company CEO

A student catches a fish in Tokyo Bay during the internship. CEO Akinori Takamura nets the fish.

TOKYO For startups, recruiting young talent can be difficult. So CyberBuzz, a Tokyo-based online marketer, has come up with a rather unconventional way to connect with promising students before they are snapped up by big companies.

On a morning in early November last year, three university students gathered at Motomachi-Chukagai Station in Yokohama, just south of Tokyo. Then, at the nearby port they got on a boat and departed for fishing spots on Tokyo Bay -- led by the startup's CEO, Akinori Takamura.

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