It’s not surprising that Mizuho, one of Japan’s megabanks, has fallen in popularity from the top spot for 2018 new recruits to #17 for those graduates aiming to join in 2019, according to recruitment agency Disco. As previously blogged, Mizuho’s former president, now chairman, Yasuhiro Sato has been very clear that the bank should lose around 30% of its workforce globally, through greater use of information technology, and yes, AI. His successor Tatsufumi Sakai shows no signs of reversing this.
The other megabanks have fallen less dramatically out of favour, from #2 to #4 in the case of MUFG (dropping the Tokyo from Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ as of April 1) and from #5 to #14 in the case of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
Japan’s airlines JAL and ANA have stayed in the top 5, at #1 and #3 respectively. Perennial favourites, the trading companies Itochu and Mitsubishi Corp have also gained popularity, up from #7 to #2 and #9 to #6 respectively.
Manufacturers such as Toyota (#5 from #12), Sony (#11 from #31) and Denso (#19 from #33) have become more attractive, as graduates realise that the Internet of Things means traditional companies are now moving into more innovative IT related areas.
Japanese graduates who have studied at foreign universities favour foreign companies operating in Japan such as Procter & Gamble, Google and Amazon, or management consultancies, whereas no foreign owned company is in the top 10 for domestically educated Japanese graduates.
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