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Japan Firms in Rural Areas Facing Difficulty in Hiring

Japan Firms in Rural Areas Facing Difficulty in Hiring

   Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)--Many companies outside of metropolitan areas in Japan are struggling to hire a sufficient number of university graduates.
   Japanese companies secured 80.0 pct of the intended number of college grad hires on average as of Oct. 1, down 4.3 percentage points from a year earlier, according to Recruit Works Institute, a research arm of human resources firm Recruit Holdings Co. <6098>.
   In rural areas, the figure was below the national average, at 57.9 pct in Hokkaido, northern Japan, 50.0 pct in the Tohoku northeastern region and 46.8 pct in the Shikoku western region.
   On the other hand, metropolitan areas had higher numbers, at 92.0 pct in the western area covering Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, 89.0 pct in the Tokyo metropolitan area and 85.4 pct in the Chubu and Tokai central region, including Nagoya.
   The numbers indicate that companies in urban areas, home to many universities, face less difficulty in hiring than those in rural areas.

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