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Young Japanese must prepare for an end to jobs for life

Global competition is forcing companies to be more flexible in recruitment, training and promotion

| Japan
Hiring recruits in annual batches -- for life-time employment -- will not last much longer. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

In Japan, social change often comes only slowly. Take for example, the recent proposal by Keidanren, the big companies' federation, proposing an end to the current practice of large employers all recruiting college graduates in simultaneous annual hiring campaigns.

Corporate bosses suggested that they should scrap decades of tradition and recruit when and how they like. Universities immediately protested saying that students would start worrying about job hunting all year round and neglect their studies. The government quickly announced that the recruitment schedule would remain unchanged -- for the time being.

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