Job Seeking in Japan

Scarcely any American editor (or reporter) believes that it is possible to measure journalistic ability by taking a test. In the U.S., anyone can become a journalist who can persuade an editor to give him a job (which is one reason why journalism sometimes has a hard time maintaining that it is truly a profession). By contrast, in Japan, would-be journalists must take tough examinations, civil service style, in competition for prized positions with the nation's five national and 110 local newspapers. Editorial work is so much more attractive than a business career to Japanese students that some 8,000 aspirants vie...

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