TOKYO -- "You want to work for us?" the man said, coercing a college student to down several drinks at a karaoke bar. "You cannot work at a trading company unless you can drink."
The student, a woman in her early 20s, obliged. She had come to Tokyo to learn more about a prestigious trading company where the man worked as part of her job-hunting effort. The man, 25, was an alumnus of her university, setting up what should have been an advantage for her.