The march of technological innovation, including the Industry 4.0 trend in manufacturing, is lifting Japanese demand for new university graduates with majors in science and engineering.
Companies plan to take on 24,663 in the spring of 2018, according to a new Nikkei Inc. survey -- up 14.8% on the year. This outpaces the year-earlier 11.2% rise and marks a fourth straight year of double-digit growth.
Mitsubishi Electric, which plans to hold hiring steady at 650, ranked No. 1 for the eighth year in a row. It is working to secure talent needed to apply "internet of things" technology and artificial intelligence to industrial robots.
Engineer staffing company Meitec came in second, with its planned hiring up 14.1% at 590. On top of a generally tight labor market, demand for science and engineering majors is strong among manufacturers and information technology companies cultivating AI and autonomous driving technologies. Staffing company Outsourcing also seeks to increase hires of such majors, by 26.9% to 495. It will eliminate the conventional separation of manufacturing and technology categories to cast a wider net.
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 35-year-old man on charges of murder after his elderly neighbor was found stabbed to death, possibly the result of a feud over a pet dog, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
Leading parcel delivery firm Yamato Transport Co. said Friday that it will raise its basic tariff for retail customers by ¥140-¥180 excluding tax in September, marking its first rate hike in 27 years. (the-japan-news.com)
As tension spikes on the Korean peninsula, a French amphibious assault carrier sailed into Japan's naval base of Sasebo on Saturday ahead of drills that risk upsetting China, which faces U.S. pressure to rein in North Korea's arms programs. (Japan Today)