The percentage of university students receiving job offers increased slightly this year. However, one job offer ended in a lawsuit after Nippon Television withdrew its preliminary promise to hire a young woman seeking to become an announcer after it found out she once worked part-time at a Ginza nightclub. The woman decided to sue. The case is a complicated one that highlights problems with Japan’s job-hunting system and its view of female employees.

The TV station argued that the fourth year student’s failure to tell them about briefly working at a nightclub in Ginza amounted to a false claim on her part. However, she argued that it was only part-time for a limited period and reneging on an offer of employment at this point in the job hunting cycle meant she could not find work elsewhere.

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