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Plagued with aging population, Japanese cos look for young talent in India

With an aging population and a shrinking workforce, Japan has become one of the world’s oldest societies. The growing number of senior citizens has become a cause of concern for a nation as it has also affected the country’s economic growth. 
 
Affected by an aging population, the country is now looking to recruit youngsters from across the globe, especially India as the country enjoys the advantage of a demographic dividend.

In this direction, some of the Japanese companies have set their sights on Andhra Pradesh in India. Four Japanese companies are looking for talent in the port city of Visakhapatnam for jobs in the artificial intelligence as well as machine learning industries. 
 
These companies have already held interviews at GITAM University and have come to Andhra Pradesh through the state government’s initiative called LEAP (Look for Employment in Andhra Pradesh). According to CEO of AP Innovation Society, Winny Patro, the companies will recruit 30 students in the first phase to meet their requirement. 
 
Currently, executives from AI Tokyo Lab & Co (a group company of Satudora Holdings), Denso International India Pvt. Ltd, En-Japan Inc and Global Asset Community Co. Ltd are in Vizag for recruitment. “Students will also undergo training in the respective field, imparted by these companies,” added Patro, stating that these companies shall return to Vizag in September for the next round of recruitment depending on the students’ skills and performance. 
 
This recruitment drive evoked an encouraging response with 1,277 applications from 19 selected colleges. Among them, 298 students were short-listed by Japanese firms for first phase and 18 appeared for interviews based on their background. 
 
Around 33 students were selected for interviews of which one had been selected for recruitment. Some of these recruiters say that they are happy to witness students’ interest in new and emerging technologies such as AI solutions and machine learning and hope that many students from the Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh will work in Japan. 

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