More than 890,000 new graduates started work across Japan on Wednesday, the first day of the new fiscal year. Thousands of young people dressed in dark suits could be seen in big cities heading to orientation ceremonies.
Many companies increased the number of hires this year for the first time in at least three years. Among them were Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (1,813 new graduates), Toyota (1,504) and Panasonic (600).
At some welcome ceremonies, employees wrote their aspirations on paper planes and threw them into the air, Sankei Shimbun reported.
All Nippon Airways hired 1,187 employees, while Skymark Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in January, took on 11 graduates.
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), which is struggling to deal with the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, hired 700 new graduates this year.© Japan Today