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The growing number of young people switching jobs in midcareer may bring a new wind to Japan's rigid labor market.

Japan's COVID crunch spurs uptick in young job hoppers

Job turnover among 'second new graduates' is the highest in a decade

YOSUKE SUZUKI and RINTARO HOSOKAWA, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- Increasing numbers of young people are switching jobs in midcareer in Japan, reflecting how the pursuit of jobs in growth sectors is growing more active amid tough employment environments caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While new recruits may be unable to accumulate enough experience if they choose to leave quickly, the employer suffers greatly from the loss of workers after putting them through training programs. Nevertheless, the shift of human capital to growth sectors is indispensable for enhancing the productivity of society as a whole.

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