In Japan April is the big month of renewal and change; it's when students start a new school year and workers begin their new jobs with Japanese companies. As both Japanese companies and job candidates gear up for the hiring season, it appears that it is now a seller's market in Japan.
Tough economic times in Japan have meant that Japanese companies are making less job offers to candidates, who are typically high school and college graduates. In the past a school graduate would interview with a company, get a job offer and then work for the company for life. While this is no longer the case, the job hiring season is still very much a big deal and working hard in Japan is an important tradition.
Yet many hiring representatives have begun complaining that the new crop of Japanese graduates are clueless and without much common sense...with Japan's declining birth rate it seems that Japanese companies will eventually have to scoop up every last Japanese worker they can, clueless or not.