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Yahoo Japan to hire PhDs for research

TOKYO -- Yahoo Japan plans to hire scientists who recently earned a doctorate degree for research in artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies.

     Over the course of three years starting in the spring of 2017, the Internet giant intends to hire 30 fresh graduates for positions in its data science section and research labs. The plan is to hire grads with doctorate degrees or the equivalent arsenal of techniques and knowledge and employ them for research in 11 main fields, including natural language processing and speech processing.

     Yahoo Japan wants to develop applications and advertising making use of AI.

     But the company is not alone among Japanese corporations looking to harness AI, and that is creating a competitive market for people with AI-related skills.

     One result is that other companies are also looking at the yearly crop of new graduates to hire people for AI-related positions.

     For example, DeNA, a provider of mobile and online services, plans to hire new graduates starting in the spring of 2017 for employment as researchers in the use of AI for smartphone games and other services.

     And D.A. Consortium, a leading online advertising company, is introducing an internship program for science graduate students. The company aims to develop high-precision ad delivery technologies using AI and big data.

(Nikkei)

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