Japanese graduates attend a job fair in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Do stressed millennials spell end for ‘shukatsu’, Japan’s notorious graduate recruitment process?

  • An ageing population, dwindling workforce and changing attitudes to life-work balance force a rethink of Japan’s infamously tough job-hunting season
  • So stressful is ‘shukatsu’ that many students say it has driven them to consider suicide
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Japanese graduates attend a job fair in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters
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In most of Japan’s public schools, pupils are only permitted to have straight black hair. Photo: Reuters

#HairWeGo: Japanese campaign against school rule requiring short black hair takes YouTube by storm

  • In most public schools, only straight, black hair is permitted. Pupils cannot dye or iron it – unless it is light or curly, in which case they must
  • A petition calling for the rule to be dropped, started by a university student who was forced to dye her hair while at school, has attracted nearly 12,000 signatures
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In most of Japan’s public schools, pupils are only permitted to have straight black hair. Photo: Reuters
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