Keidanren said at a meeting of its chairman and vice chairmen that annual campaigns by companies to recruit university students will start later than the current process.
In its new rule, member companies of the federation will start holding employment seminars in the March of students’ junior year and accepting registration for employment tests in August of their senior year.
Currently, seminars start in December of the students’ third year and registrations begin in April of their fourth year.
The new rule will apply to students who graduate in March 2016 and later. The rule will also change from an ethics charter to a guideline. In autumn, Keidanren will announce the rule and its new way of treating internships.
Keidanren Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura said Monday that the new rule is different from the previous rule applied on a voluntary basis by members that agree. In principle, Keidanren will ask all member companies to follow the new rule.
Keidanren’s move is in line with the request made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April. At the time, Abe asked the top leaders of the three Japanese business groups — Keidanren, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, or Keizai Doyukai, and the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry — to push back the start of recruitment by companies so that students can concentrate on their studies.