• Kyodo


The mayor of Suita, Osaka Prefecture, was astounded Sunday when 2,362 people lined up to apply for five job openings in the municipal government.

One apparent reason for the surge was that the city raised the age limit to 59 years old. Only one in roughly 472 of the job seekers will land a position.

“I was surprised to see so many applicants. I have mixed feelings because I saw the severe (job) situation with my own eyes,” Mayor Yoshio Sakaguchi said in a written comment.

The applicants took a written exam Sunday at several places, including the Suita campus of Osaka Gakuin University.

As part of measures to help laid-off workers in the recession, the city moved up part of its annual recruitment planned for fiscal 2010.

The city raised the age limit after seeing many older people applying for temporary work in January, city officials said.

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