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Foreign employers have edge in battle for Japan's IT graduates

Global rivals pay more and make earlier offers in tight labor market

Japanese employers officially kicked off college graduate recruitment season on March 1.

TOKYO -- Japanese companies are at a disadvantage against international rivals when hiring the country's young information technology professionals because of lower pay and self-imposed recruitment restrictions.

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies is offering engineers fresh out of college around 400,000 yen ($3,763) monthly to start, nearly double the salary from competing Japanese manufacturers.  

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