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Japan Market Articles
I hope these articles give you deeper insight into the Japan market and help you to understand how to hire the best talent for your Japan business. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information.

Why Linkedin Is Not Effective In Japan

Why Is LinkedIn Is Not Effective In Japan?


Japan is a very different landscape than western countries, below outlines the unemployment rate coupled with the low adaptation of LinkedIn.Other considerations are that Japanese are risk averse with a job-for-life mentality, and less than 5% of Japanese are bilingual.Our clients typically require bilingual talent.

Japan Jobless Rate Remained Unchanged at 2.7%

Unemployment Rate in Japan remained unchanged at 2.70 percent in August. Unemployment Rate in Japan averaged 2.72 percent from 1953 until 2023, reaching an all time high of 5.50 percent in June of 2002 and a record low of 1.00 percent in November of 1968. This page provides the latest reported value for - Japan Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Japan Unemployment Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2023.

Japan Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Unchanged at 2.7%

Japan’s unemployment rate unexpectedly was unchanged at 2.7% in August 2023, compared with market forecasts of 2.6%. The jobless rate remained at its highest level since March, as the number of unemployed inched higher by 10 thousand to 1.85 million, while employment increased by 50 thousand to 67.50 million. The labor force went up by 50 thousand to 69.34 million while those detached from the labor force fell by 90 thousand to 40.85 million. The non-seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate edged up to 63.1% in August from 62.9% in the same month a year earlier. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applications were at 1.29 in August, the same as in July while staying at their lowest figure since July 2022.
The above data was sourced from Trading Economics 2023-09-28: https://tradingeconomics.com/japan/unemployment-rate

With a population of 123,074,016 (October 2023) Japan is also one of lowest Global adopters of LinkedIn with less than 2M users!

Japan’s Top Social Media Networks 2022


In Japan LinkedIn and job boards do not perform at all compared to western countries, top candidates are not actively seeking new jobs, this has been particularly evident during the COVID pandemic.

Low adaptation of LinkedIn means top candidates are typically identified through our deep network.

Professionals utilizing LinkedIn are hit so hard that the response rate is less than 5% even with professionals we are connected with.

Strategic Consulting Japan Key Value Proposition

  • Unlike the global search firms, this is performance-based retainer, the small retainer comes off the final fee. The cost is no different than a contingent search, with the added benefit of a full one-year warranty which protects your search investment.
  • Our search model is a partnership, we work for you, not the candidate, we never introduce a professional that we wouldn’t hire ourselves.
  • You will receive full candidate “exclusivity” throughout the search process, other firms will introduce strong candidates to multiple opportunities, they work for the candidate, not you.
  • Our Executive search process is active, consequently it’s much more efficient and faster as we are actively headhunting everyday until the searches are filled. (Job boards and contingent search are passive, waiting for professionals to apply).
  • We meet and thoroughly screen every professional, and we only introduce top-level, typically passive candidates via leveraging our extensive network, we only seek out, and introduce the best. This saves you time and money by not meeting off-spec professionals.
  • During the search you will receive detailed “market intelligence”, this is valuable for you to learn about the competitive landscape here in Japan.
  • Once an ideal candidate has been selected by you and your firm, we negotiate on your behalf, it’s easier for an outside consultant to do trial closes to get the best value, our goal is for you to not pay more than you have to.
  • We do in-depth background checks prior to offer signing. We are licensed and know how to do these in a very detailed way.
    We fully support you and the professionals with the on-boarding process.
  • We offer a one-year warranty, that’s 270 days more than other search firms offer.
  • We have never failed with filling any retained position.

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