Thousands of job seekers took examinations held nationwide Sunday for 50 administrative positions at Japan Post.

The state-run corporation was launched April 1 to take over mail delivery, postal savings and insurance services from the government.

More than 15,000 took the exams, which were held at 28 locations, including Meiji Gakuin University in Minato Ward, Tokyo.

Those who pass these exams, the first such tests to be held by Japan Post, will become candidates for executive positions at the corporation.

Second-stage exams will be held in July, and the names of the 50 finalists will be announced July 31.

While Japan Post employees are civil servants, the corporation has adopted a performance-based pay system.

Many university students have apparently become interested in working at Japan Post because it offers both stability and motivational incentives.