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Employment Outlook: Japan

Employment in Japan – Despite increasing optimism from low unemployment, a growing economy, and respectable wages, Japan faces a shrinking workforce and talent shortages that must be dealt with if it wants to continue a growth trajectory. By Mary Anne

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Japan: Job Search Overview

Finding employment in Japan – aside from English-language teaching positions – can be challenging. Having contacts and networking is highly advantageous and is the best approach to finding the right position. It is important to consider timing when job hunting in Japan. Most firms have set hiring seasons, and April 1 is the traditional employment start date.

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Japan: Communication Styles

The Japanese communication style reflects the value placed on maintaining harmony.

The Japanese are non-confrontational and will rarely directly decline requests. Instead, they will reply, “It is inconvenient,” or “It is under consideration.” They do not criticize, insult, put people on the spot or do anything that might cause embarrassment and thus loss of face.

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