Japanese students rally for jobs
Source: CCTV.com | 02-06-2009 10:14
Thousands of Japanese students filled an auditorium in central Tokyo on Thursday to cheer themselves on ahead of the upcoming job hunting season.
|College students from vocational schools in Tokyo and |
Osaka, western Japan, give a shout during a joint pep
ceremony to launch their job-hunting in Tokyo Thursday,
Feb. 5, 2009. About 3,000 job seekers gathered for the
annual event amid the global economic slump.
(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Wearing black interview suits, students chanted along with the cheerleaders and performers on stage in order to prepare themselves for the challenge of job applications, exams and interviews they will soon be facing.
College students in Japan, like the rest of the world, face bleak job prospects because of the global economic downturn. But on Thursday they tried to stay positive about their prospects.
In the recession of the late 1980s, many Japanese companies stopped hiring graduates, which led to an imbalance in the age of the workforce. Major Japanese companies have announced deep job cuts as the slowdown batters the world's second-largest economy.