Major human resources placement company Robert Walters Japan is strengthening its support for Japanese companies that want to hire people suited to international business, its president said in a recent symposium in Tokyo.

The Japanese unit of the Britain-headquartered company, Japanese Business Division, set up on Aug. 1, specializes in helping companies hire people with good language and other skills amid intensifying competition from foreign rivals, said David Swan, the president of Robert Walters Japan, who doubles as the head of Robert Walters in South Korea.

Swan and Ryosuke Oyama, the associate director of the new division, spoke at the Global Management Forum 2012 symposium in Tokyo on Oct. 23.