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Graduates fear dispute will hurt job chances

By LUO WANGSHU and CHEN XIN  (China Daily)

14:07, October 17, 2012

Graduates fear Japanese companies will reduce recruitment opportunities because of tension over the Diaoyu Islands.

Recruitment drives at Peking University and Tsinghua University will not feature Japanese companies.

A staff member at the Student Career Center at Peking University, who declined to be named, said Japanese companies have canceled campus sessions in October and November.

The companies may return in December, but there is no clear timetable, she said.

A staff member at Japanese electronics giant Panasonic in Beijing, who declined to give his name due to company regulations, confirmed its campus recruitment has been suspended this year.

Thousands of people took to the streets in September to protest Japan's decision to "purchase" the islands, which belong to China.

Although some campuses still have openings for Japanese companies, there are fewer information sessions this year than before.

Nankai University in Tianjin will have two sessions for Japanese companies this month.

As a senior graduate student at the college who majored in Japanese, Liang Xiaoqing started to focus on recruitment in September, when the hiring season began. Compared with previous years, she said she had found there are "extremely few" companies this year.

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