Recently the NHK News reported the following:
It was admitted that the employment situation of university students was facing increased severity, and the university opened the first opinion exchange gathering meeting for friendly discussion for concerned parties of the university, the government and the business world; and requested changes to the early stage recruitment activity held by the enterprise which was assumed to have caused a reduction in student's educational opportunity.
In the first meeting, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Takagi started with his greetings and said that ｢The rate for university students to find initial employment is in a very severe situation, and the government makes the question on employment the immediate, biggest problem and is working on it. I want you to exchange opinions so that job hunting may become better for both the student and the enterprise｣. In the meeting, the opinion on the timing of recruitment activities by the enterprise was exchanged, and the university expressed concern that "Student's educational opportunity was correspondingly reduced due to the early stage recruitment activity of the enterprise". In response to this, from the business world the opinion expressed was that "the seriousness of the problem was understood", it was also pointed out that "It was difficult for the Japanese businesses to delay the employment time schedule while the foreign companies did the employment activity". The gathering for friendly discussion would have regularly sessions in the future, and it was decided to exchange opinions on questions about university student's employment.
It seems that university student employment situation in Japan is causing concern for the government.