In the West everybody is simply spamming everybody, I wish recruiters went through similar exercise before sending me an e-mail or calling me just because a keyword search match my CV.
I did ask my manager about printed resumes at my new job and he mentioned that he preferred handwritten ones but a large number submit printed, even digital ones so they had to adapt.
If a signal helps to remove all noise and there's only the signal left, does it become the new noise?
Basically, the system favors famous universities' graduates. Since "big" companies (Toyota, Panasonic, NTT, etc) are in competition with each other during the tight recruiting schedule, they tend to focus recruiting effort on few "good" universities. However, even then, obtaining the best talents are not guaranteed.
Therefore, their solutions are an agreement with those universities, where a number of hiring slots are reserved for graduates from those universities. The universities decide who get the recommendation to which companies.
The catch is, once you are selected for this recommendation, you are STRONGLY compelled to accept offer from that specific company, and withdraw application from all other companies. The students submits their preference to the career councelor and it was considered, but there are cases where people ended up at strange companies. I know someone who was an excellent researcher on image processing and wanted to do DSLR camera development in Canon, ended up as automotive engineer at Toyota because he was afraid of missing out once in a lifetime opportunity, due to the lifetime employment system. (To be fair, due their recent focus on autonomous driving, it worked just fine for him)
I actually managed to secure one of those slots and obtain my first job this way. I have since moved to another company since then as I didn't believe in lifetime employment, but in my case, I actually liked the job. So, it was all good for me.
Interest in Japan is higher than average among the software developer crowd. My wife teaches Japanese and her biggest clientele demographic is single, male engineers in their 20s.
I computed the cosine similarity between Japan, SK, and the USA to get:
So it does appear that Japan is more similar to the US than South Korea using this metric.
I think the least surprising result of all is that Japan and South Korea are both more like each other than they are like the United States.
edit: Also, I challenge the notion that the reason was legitimate. I know the reason. But I wouldn't make that trade-off.
For all the talk of individualism, for example, it's pretty easy to blindly tell a random American from a random French with great statistical success just for their opinions on things. And those two cultures aren't even as different as each is with Japanese culture...
Interestingly, perhaps bouyed by the success of the cigarette sign, on the train they had signs of "Do it at home" with pictures of people doing makeup, or whatever. Everybody ignored it :-).
More generally, apparently sexual harassment used to be common in the workplace. I never actually saw anything extreme, but I did see a massive change in attitude. One day guys would be talking about inappropriate things at work without anyone ever saying anything and the next day when the same thing happened the section chief would be yelling at them about sexual harassment. It was literally night and day and it wasn't like there was an announcement or anything. It just went from being tolerated to not being tolerated.
I often see things on TV that makes me wonder if the government is kind of sounding people out on stuff. For example, one day they had a piece on Korean schools for ethnic Koreans whose family members were essentially abducted to Japan during WWII. The children and grandchildren (and probably great grand children now) for many of these people are still in Japan. Because the Japanese law doesn't allow dual citizenship, these people have to choose between Korean and Japanese citizenship. If they decided to choose Korean citizenship, they get permanent resident status, but not citizenship. This is considered a pretty big problem with a lot of people and so it's been a question for literally generations about what to do: should these people be granted dual citizenship? What about school systems that include Korean culture? How much should be paid by the government etc? It's a horrible mess and, of course, in Japanese style virtually nothing has been done about it (very weird to be born in a country and not have citizenship of that country)! But this NHK program was very sympathetic to the plight of these people, so it made me think that maybe a move was afoot (the NHK is not as arms length from the government as the BBC is from the UK government...). But not so far anyway.
When you used PayPay during the original campaign period they discounted purchases by 20%. At random, they would also pay the whole price, without deducting your balance.
I've been told they had a 100MUSD budget for that campaign.
Essentially they threw money at user acquisition. By using PayPay you were getting free money... it was kind of nuts not to use it.
So, it's not surprising that they gained so many users. On top of that, digital payment systems were already popular in Japan (as well as being able to use your railcard for payment, there's a bunch of store cards/other digital payment cards).
Wait, shukatsu happens 1 year before graduation. Does that mean other companies start recruiting even earlier?
When I read that shukatsu was changing I expected it to become more like western societies, not even weirder
There are changes in every society in the world right now, yet I have the impression that Japan gets a big part of coverage while having little relevance to the rest of the world...
> little relevance to the rest of the world
That's .. an opinion.
I'd say several things contribute to that reputation. It's historically remote (hence exotic and alien), it was never so consistently powerful as to be a great power and share in what is considered normal (like China is), yet not weak neither and experienced modernization very early, hence contributing to its influence and thus reputation.
Personally I adore Japan. It is surely a country from the future. It has so many lessons to give for the rest of us.
Japan is firmly stuck in the 80s. The only major change is now most people here have smartphones.
Japan does some things very right, and some things horribly wrong. Not too different from most other developed countries.
In Europe having five weeks of paid vacation is pretty much standard. Employers are well aware that holidays benefit both employer and employee, because a well-rested and refreshed employee soon has those missing hours made up for in inspiration, efficiency, and a much lower sick-rate.
In Japan this is unachievable not because the government doesn't desire it (on the contrary) but because of inertia in the workplace. As a Japanese friend recently explained to me: you can't take off many more days beyond the public holidays like in the golden week, because your senior colleagues didn't get to do that when they were younger either. With the strict hierarchy of seniority in Japanese companies and institutions, that basically means the end of that discussion until the desire for change becomes so great that it happens on a national scale.
On the other hand, they have warm 缶コーヒー from vendingmachines, so they are living in the future. At least a bit.
Also: working hours. (From what I've heard.)
Spending an ungodly number of hours in the office, even if half of them are unproductive, and where you can actually fall asleep from exhaustion--but that's okay, as long as you're at your desk.
"Genetic diversity" of ideas is an important part of making the world a better place.
I sincerely hope we're learning not to repeat many mistakes that have been made there regards work culture, xenophobia and racism and crippling pressure to conform.
It serves to me a similar role as sci-fi for me, in reminding me of that.
And the banking system is ass backwards compared to the rest of the world.