Title

Job Seekers in Black Outfits

Presenter

Yasuha Miura

Abstract

Japanese college students often say: “We study hard to get into a university so that we can begin looking for jobs at prestigious companies.” It would not be an exaggeration to say that many Japanese students consider “job hunting” more important than writing a graduation thesis. The word in Japanese for “job hunting” is sh’ katsu, a system controlled by the Japanese Business Federation (Keidanren) that determines all aspects of the annual job hunting and hiring season. Each year, when the Keidanren sets the date that opens the job hiring season, undergraduates rush in a panic to prepare for interviews. In cities throughout Japan, undergraduates wear obligatory black outfits without a hint of color and parade to job interviews and fairs. I examine the story behind these black suits as well as the culture that drives job hunting and hiring in Japan today.

Faculty Sponsor

Ron Takemoto

Sponsor Department/Programs

Asian Studies

Tracks

Japan: Tradition and Modernity

Location

Kimball Theatre

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Job Seekers in Black Outfits

Kimball Theatre

Japanese college students often say: “We study hard to get into a university so that we can begin looking for jobs at prestigious companies.” It would not be an exaggeration to say that many Japanese students consider “job hunting” more important than writing a graduation thesis. The word in Japanese for “job hunting” is sh’ katsu, a system controlled by the Japanese Business Federation (Keidanren) that determines all aspects of the annual job hunting and hiring season. Each year, when the Keidanren sets the date that opens the job hiring season, undergraduates rush in a panic to prepare for interviews. In cities throughout Japan, undergraduates wear obligatory black outfits without a hint of color and parade to job interviews and fairs. I examine the story behind these black suits as well as the culture that drives job hunting and hiring in Japan today.