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910,000 new recruits mark first day at work across Japan

Kyodo

With the start of fiscal 2016 Friday, an estimated 910,000 new recruits marked their first day at work in companies, public offices and organizations across the country.

Welcoming ceremonies were held by the central and local governments as well as companies, with Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe calling on the capital’s approximately 1,900 new hires to devote themselves to their assignments and further the city’s progress by taking advantage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, during a ceremony at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater in Toshima Ward.

Toyota Motor Corp.’s 2,239 new hires, up 735 from the previous year, attended a ceremony wearing work uniforms at its head office in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda urged the recruits to take on challenges fearlessly, saying the world’s top automaker cannot attain sustainable future growth merely based on past success because the world is changing.

Major electronics maker Panasonic Corp., which dropped its fiscal 2018 group sales target of ¥10 trillion on Thursday, held a ceremony for its 669 new workers at its headquarters in Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture.

Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga said, “We must build up new businesses on a global scale by all-out efforts. You all are a driving force.”

Struggling Sharp Corp., which will hold a signing ceremony Saturday to formalize its takeover by Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., held its last ceremony for new recruits as an independent entity in Tenri, Nara Prefecture.

“Opportunities for cross-border cooperation will arise in every single job in the company. Let’s work hard together,” Sharp President Kozo Takahashi told the 151 recruits, less than the 165 that the company had wanted to hire.

The prefectural government of Mie, the venue of the Ise-Shima summit of the Group of Seven economies on May 26 and 27, welcomed 135 new employees.

“I hope you are ready to build a new history,” Gov. Eikei Suzuki said at an assigning ceremony.

In areas hit by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Iwate Gov. Takuya Tasso called for all officials, including 185 new recruits, to work on reconstruction with solidarity, adding that the prefecture will release a new declaration on April 11 to reiterate its determination to rebuild.

The percentages of graduates finding jobs as well as job availability remained relatively high.

Data from the labor ministry and other institutions show that 87.8 percent of prospective graduates from universities and colleges had found jobs as of Feb. 1, ahead of their graduation in March, 1.1 percentage points higher than the year before and showing an improvement in the labor market for a fifth straight year.

But around 52,000 had failed to find jobs by that time, according to the data.

Among job-seeking high school seniors, 93.6 percent had secured employment as of the end of January, up 0.8 percentage point from the previous year and marking a sixth straight year of increase, buoyed by increasing job offers in most sectors including manufacturing and construction.

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