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Many university students in Japan have been forced to continue job hunting into the summer as the novel coronavirus pandemic has stalled companies' hiring processes, a recent private survey showed, Kyodo news reported on July 16, 2020.

The online survey of about 750 undergraduates conducted by Recruit Career Co. earlier this month showed 73.2 percent of job seekers graduating next spring had secured jobs as of July 1, sharply lower than the 85.1 percent who had done so at the same point in 2019. A total of 44.9 percent of respondents said they are continuing their job search, including those who have been offered positions already, the survey showed.

"It's terribly hot and humid wearing a suit and tie. I wish I could have finished (job hunting) early," lamented a 21-year-old male university student who attended a recruiting event in Tokyo last week as he is still trying to find a job. "I feel the pressure, but I am prepared to continue (job hunting) into the fall," he said.

Mynavi Corp., organizer of the job fair, resumed holding similar events in some areas from June after suspending them in March over the pandemic. But as Tokyo has seen a sharp rise in the number of daily coronavirus infections in recent weeks, the company has been forced to limit the number of attendees on some occasions and take measures against the virus' spread, including ensuring venues are well ventilated.

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