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Corporate Japan goes all-out to lock new hires in

Companies get creative to prevent poaching a month into recruiting season

Students check in for their job interviews at a Tokyo venue on June 1.

TOKYO -- About a month since major Japanese corporations officially began interviewing candidates for next year's hiring class, businesses are focusing efforts on getting prospective employees to commit to working at them come spring amid a severe labor shortage.

Some 78.6% of students graduating from college next March had received at least one formal or informal job offer as of July 1, up 7.5 points from a year earlier, according to preliminary figures published Tuesday by Recruit Career.

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