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.
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Japan's Liberal Democratic Party on Friday submitted a record of email exchanges in which Akie Abe, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, denies her alleged payment of one million yen to an embattled school operator. (Jiji)
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Ground Self-Defense Force on Friday to withdraw its engineering troops taking part in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by the end of May. (Jiji)
New textbooks authorized for use in Japan's senior high schools from April next year contain more descriptions on foreign and defense policies undertaken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, such as the ability to engage in collective self-defense, according to the results of the education ministry's latest textbook screening disclosed Friday. (Japan Today)