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Major Japanese electronics manufacturers are accelerating their shift to a skill-based personnel system, which is designed to clarify the content of one’s job and assign people to positions in line with their core abilities, over the traditional mass hiring of new graduates who progress based on seniority.

Hitachi Ltd., Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp., which have adopted the skill-based system for employees in managerial positions, are aiming to expand the use of the system to cover rank and file workers.

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