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Friday, Nov. 13, 2009

Young unemployed taste life in corporate fast lane

Staff writer

A group of unemployed young people participated Thursday in a one-day job-hunt support program in Tokyo organized by JPMorgan and Sodateage-Net, a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization.

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As scary as the real thing: Young unemployed people have mock job interviews with JPMorgan staff during an event Thursday in Tokyo aimed at helping them find work. SATOKO KAWASAKI PHOTO

The number of jobless young people categorized as NEETs, or "not in employment, education or training," has been growing amid the recession.

At the office of JPMorgan in Chiyoda Ward, the 17 participants — 15 male and two female — mostly in their 20s, attended a panel session and mock job interviews provided by company employees.

In the first session, seven employees who have changed jobs several times shared their experience of job-hunting, while in the second one, the participants were divided into 10 groups to practice job interviews.

"Usually the young unemployed don't even have a chance to see a big company," said Kei Kudo, chairman of the NPO.

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