Japan college seniors face longer, tougher job hunting season

TOKYO — As Japan’s job-hunting season shifts into high gear Monday, college seniors face an employment landscape upended by the coronavirus pandemic, with interviews going online and some hard-hit companies freezing recruitment.

As companies interview thousands of students online, the process is expected to take longer. With many planning to reduce new hires, the tide may be shifting in the job hunter’s market that college students have enjoyed in recent years.

In a uniquely Japanese practice, companies will begin interviews for college seniors on the government-set start day of June 1. Those seniors will join the workforce in April after

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Hong Kong no longer autonomous, Pompeo tells Congress

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday told Congress that Hong Kong no longer retains autonomy from China, paving the way for sanctions from Washington that would strip the city of economic and trade privileges essential to its status as a global financial hub.

Beijing’s decision last week to “unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation” on the territory is only the “latest in a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms and China’s own promises to the Hong Kong people under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a U.N.-filed international treaty,” Pompeo said

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59% of ad agency employees working longer during pandemic, study says

Dive Brief:

  • More than half (59%) of employees at advertising and marketing agencies said they were working longer hours as the coronavirus pandemic led many cities and states to issue stay-at-home orders, per a study that professional social network Fishbowl shared with Marketing Dive. The percentage was slightly higher than the average 55% of professionals among all industries who said they were working longer.
  • Advertising and marketing professionals were among the knowledge workers who said they’re putting in longer hours during the pandemic, compared with consultants (61%) and teachers (60%). People who work in advertising and marketing were more likely
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Pandemic’s financial havoc spells longer working lives: Gratton

TOKYO — The coronavirus pandemic has made the issue of longevity even more relevant given that the damage to financial markets could force people into longer working lives, Lynda Gratton, a leading expert on human resources and organizational behavior, tells Nikkei.

She also expects more flexible work patterns to emerge now that people have broken the norm of working eight hours a day, five days a week, by adopting teleworking.

“Executives should be preparing now to experiment with four-day working weeks,” she says.

Gratton, a professor of business management at London Business School, serves as a member of Japanese Prime

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