Major retail chain AEON Co Ltd, headquartered in Mihama, Chiba, has announced that it will hire 1,500 non-Japanese employees this year. Due to its business expansion in Asia (by 2014, Aeon will open 10 mega commercial facilities in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia), Aeon aims to hire more people from China and Southeast Asia, Nippon Keizai Shimbun reports.
Previously, Aeon was hiring non-Japanese mainly to work in stores, but from this year, foreign candidates will be hired and trained for executive positions. Also, the company is aiming to increase the number of non-Japanese employees in Japan.
Although the ratio of non-Japanese employees at its Japan headquarters is currently about 10%, Aeon is planning to increase it to 50％ by 2020.© Japan Today