Disneyland holds event to fill 2,000 jobs

Kyodo News

Oriental Land Co., operator of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, held a large-scale interview Sunday to hire 2,000 part-time workers for Japan’s most popular and profitable amusement parks.

The company is looking for people to fill about 20 different types of jobs, from restaurant workers and guides at attractions to security guards at the Chiba Prefecture venue.

There are no age or academic requirements, the company said.

With the recession taking an ever wider toll, an unusually diverse range of applicants showed up at the Tokyo International Forum in Chiyoda Ward, the venue of the interview sessions. In addition to students and housewives, middle-aged and elderly men lined up for jobs at the Disney kingdom.

“I applied because the company I worked for went bankrupt. I want to give it a try working as a security guard, although I have no experience,” a 54-year-old Tokyo man said.