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Women fall prey to sexual abuse in Japan's job hunting season

Rise in private networking with alumni puts job-seekers at risk

Some students suffer sexual harassment in meeting with college alumni employed at the companies they hope to work for.

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. 

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