Photo: Twitter/@akasofa

Japanese supermarket’s recruitment ad is so stringent, it’s probably looking for a robot

By Koh Ruide, SoraNews24

Japan’s aging population and depressingly low birth rate has sent the country into a slow spiral, where companies are constantly trying to recruit from a diminishing source of able-bodied men and women.

And if the general lack of helping hands wasn’t enough, one supermarket is looking for a superhuman according to Japanese Twitter user @akasofa. Unlike others of its kind, the requirements on this ad bordered on the insane.

Are you the Superman this supermarket is looking for?

The ad reads:

We’re recruiting super-unemployed individuals who:

● Can work any shift in a 24 hour period (We also welcome people who work 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.)

● Prefer not to take days off (about one or two days per month)

● Don’t need to travel or have extended holidays!

● Will not be late or skip work!!

● Wish to liven up the store!!

We warmly welcome all unemployed people who are filled with overflowing passion to work tirelessly!!

Shift work will be prioritized!! (Four to five days a week)

There’ll be salary raises too, depending on how hard you work (^o^)/

For more details, please speak to our front desk staff!

This ad will run until we get the people we need. Now’s your chance!!”

Noticeably absent from the recruitment ad was the hourly wage, an important piece of information most people would want to know before being thrown in at the deep end.

Japanese netizens were astounded by the sheer audacity of the supermarket in expecting so much commitment from workers with almost no days off:

“They’re just looking to use and crush people.”

“It’s amazing how they list all those requirements without a single mention of hourly wage. What nonsense.”

“This is an ad looking for disposable humans.”

“Now’s your chance? What chance are they talking about?”

“You’re better off taking your chances with a black company instead.”

As hourly wages are regularly listed on recruitment posters, only the most desperate of applicants who are willing to forgo holidays like Golden Week or the new Shining Mondays would want to give this supermarket a shot. Looks like this ad won’t be going away any time soon.

Source: Twitter/@akasofa via Hachima Kiko

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Wonder what the government is doing about this supermarket. They clearly admit to violating so many Labor Standard Laws. They should be investing this company.

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Ha, ha, ha... want to push it even further? How about "Tell us why we should hire you!"

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Aside from all the above, an applicant should ask ‘why should I want to work for you?’

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I'm guessing those who are desperate for a paycheck will apply. "Elder" (Japlish for 50's!) and "Senior" (Japlish for 60's!) Japanese who apply for various positions and receive a polite "Good luck on your job search." Ditto for foreigners (no matter the age) whose Japanese language ability is limited. My neighbors, some of whom just arrived from Ghana and haven't studied Japanese at all, depend on their fellow Ghanaian who can speak Japanese to act as interpreter on the job. A couple of them told me if they are shown what to do then no need for an interpreter. They will do the job and stay with the employer for a long time. It's finding that employer. Someone who is willing to take a chance on a gaijin. I think the supermarket with that awful ad isn't paying much and expecting a whole lot. Abuse, abuse, abuse...

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Even though it is illegal (i think?) .

Most companies will not hire anyone above age of 35. It is even written in the internal memos.

Therefore there’s a lot of people who cannot get jobs and the supermarket should have no problem hiring.

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What is the name of the supermarket chain?

(So, I know where not to shop.)

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"We’re recruiting super-unemployed individuals "

Would those individuals be like never had a job in their lives?

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