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We'll notify companies that revoking employment offers to graduating students without proper reasons is illegal.

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Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe, after 300 students expected to graduate next spring got their employment offers revoked due to the economic downturn. (NHK)

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the system makes me sick, really. a whole year of potentially useful education wasted (emphasis on potentially) so that graduates can be quickly herded into employment. after all, don't want them getting crazy ideas like travelling, further study, or just taking a break to clear their heads before starting 40 something years on the hamster wheel. this is the reason for "may disease", it seems

as for the graduates, i hope they take this setback as an opportunity to think more carefully about the options open to them other than taking up employment at a private corporation

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and what kind of punishment will be adminstered? none, i am sure, even though it is illegal.

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Prime job hunting time indeed TPOJ. From my understanding their prime job hunting time is during their final year of uni. Students completely abandon their schooling to go to interviews etc. So, while their parents are busy working their asses of to pay the tuition, the kids waste the year in hopes of finding a job that they will have for life. Worked in the past right? What an idiotic system. Things are going to change big time in Japan in the next decade and this system is going to be unable to handle it. Time to wait for the whole system to just fold in on itself.

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Land of the Sinking Sun

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Maybe it is not my understanding of the Japanese business system, but why wait until only one time a year to bring on new hires? I know in the US there probably is an uprise in job hirings in the spring after colleges graduate, but there are a lot of others looking for jobs year round.

The problem I had with US companies before I retired from the USN was that they had job openings that needed to be filled in two weeks, but I was unable to do so becuase I had a retirement date months away. So am I to understand that if company in Japan needs a new hire, they will just wait until the student graduates (at least 6 months I assume) before they are hired. My thought is, if a company can go 6 months without you there, and have made plans to have you onboard then, then they probably don't really need you. I understand there is a lag time between being hired and actually starting work, but this kind of seems odd to me.

What if the recent college graduate decides to travel before becoming a salary-man? Will he miss the opportunity to start working right away?

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Umm...Isn't not having a sufficient volume of business a "proper reason"?

Well, graduating seniors stop looking for jobs when they find one. There's a specific window of time that is best for graduating seniors to go job hunting. So, basically, if the company takes it all back, these people have wasted their prime employment window for nothing.

I don't think anyone's forcing these companies to hire people they can't afford. I think they're simply saying the company can't promise these people something, then simply turn around and say "nah, changed our minds" after the people in question essentially gave them their prime hunting time. The prospective employees got screwed. That happens, yeah, but think about what corporate "responsibility" is like here. I get the feeling they just yanked the rug with no explanation.

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Umm...Isn't not having a sufficient volume of business a "proper reason"? You can't blame the companies for not having foreseen the financial meltdown. Probably there are some bad eggs amongst them using it as an excuse but I'll wager that most of these companies can't afford to hire additional workers because of the poor business climate, which has no prospect of improving much any time soon.

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