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METI to Request Related Associations to Take Care in Recruiting Activities and for Students Given Informal Promises of Employment Based on Government Responses to Novel Coronavirus Disease

March 13, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will request, in joint name with the Cabinet Secretariat, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), related associations to consider the government’s responses to the novel coronavirus disease and, based on this consideration, to take special care in convening recruiting activities targeting students who will graduate from schools or complete academic courses at the end of FY2020 as well as such care for students given informal promises of employment who will graduate from schools or complete academic courses at the end of FY2019.

1. Overview

The government has been asking organizers and other businesses to review the need for convening their events in order to prevent the novel coronavirus disease from expanding. In this situation, companies have been canceling, postponing or scaling down their recruiting fairs, which are events bringing together many students.

Moreover, many students who will graduate from schools or complete academic courses at the end of FY2019 and have already given informal promises of employment by companies are expected to have concerns over whether or not they will successfully join the companies as a result of the impact caused by the disease. Accordingly, the government considers it important to remove such concerns from those students.

Against this backdrop, METI will request, in joint name with the Cabinet Secretariat, MEXT and MHLW, related associations to take special care in holding recruiting activities targeting students and dealing with students given informal promises of employment who will graduate from schools (Appendix).

2. Details of the request

(1) Actions for students who will graduate from schools or complete academic courses at the end of FY2020

(2) Actions for informally appointed workers who are students and will graduate from schools or complete academic courses at the end of FY2019

Note: For approaches to dealing with students given informal promises of employment that companies should take, Article 2-1 (2) of the Guidelines for Business Operators, Specified Local Governments, Employment Placement Business Providers and Other Stakeholders to Take Appropriate Actions for Securing Employment Opportunities for the Youth and Encouraging them to Continue their Careers (Public Notice of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, No. 406 of 2015) stipulates the provisions that companies should observe in giving informal promises of employment to students and concluding labor contracts with them. METI recommends companies to confirm the provisions.

Division in Charge

Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau