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A new graduate speaks with a counselor inside a compartment at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Labor Consultation Center. Japan already has one lost generation of youth stuck in insecure jobs as part-timers, contract workers and temps after failing to find steady employment when they graduated from high school or college during a hiring Ice Age from 1994 to 2004. Now the country's leaders worry that a still-fragile recovery from Japan's worst recession in 60 years and cautious corporate hiring plans are putting a second batch of youth at risk.

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Looks like a cheap Eikaiwa

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the faces of counselors are SO UNHAPPY... probably, no good news at all...

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Is there such a thing as a secure job - even in Japan(!) - any more?

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Japan's economy is not going to get better. The government just hope that exports rise again, but have no other ideas.

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Awesome picture of Japan's Job seekers !

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nice office room!

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Creating Robots

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Woman on left, reviewing resume, is thinking: "Hmmm... It says here this gentleman is 'great with the pubic' and that he is 'a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forgets details.' Hmm..."

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How disillusioning...

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black hair, check, black suit, check, black tie, check, black shoes, check, black briefcase, check, black socks, check, hands on lap check, has a watch on, check....

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In the last few weeks the job market has picked up substantially. It's still relatively slow (compared to 2003-2008) but is vastly improved on 2009. It may be too late for some of the new graduates but experienced job seekers should be able to find more opportunities than they have been finding.

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councilors are probably graduates from that lost decade themselves, looking at their replacements in the face, thus creating more councilors for the next graduating classes

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hiring Ice Age from 1994 to 2004

blame the totally inflexible recruitment system. companies miss out on a lot of talent because their methods are so rigid

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black hair, check, black suit, check, black tie, check, black shoes, check, black briefcase, check, black socks, check, hands on lap check, has a watch on, check....

If he was coming from a funeral, maybe. That's the only place Japanese men usually wear black ties. It's more likely to be blue.

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"In your new job as hikikomori ..."

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