Given the strength of his degree, master's student Han Jae-kyeng didn't think securing a job offer would be so hard — at least not until the virus crisis hit.

"I think the coronavirus has had a significant impact on foreign students," said the aspiring plant engineer from South Korea, who is hoping to work here in Japan after graduating next spring.

But recently while job hunting Han has faced unexpected difficulties; a rejection after the final interview from one company and, from another, the last-minute postponement of a job interview.