Japanese Students now Young Jobseekers hold Tokyo pep rally

With cheerleaders shouting encouragement, more than 1,000 young Japanese trying to break into the job market held a pep rally in Tokyo on Tuesday to underscore what officials say is the bleakest employment outlook Japan has faced in years.

About 1,500 college students crowded into a park to offer each other moral support and appeal for jobs at the rally, which organizers hoped would put the national spotlight on the difficulties job seekers are dealing with in Japan’s once-mighty economy.

"It’s a very tough situation, but I won’t give up," said 19-year-old student Misato Shinotsuka.

A record one-third of Japanese university students graduating this spring have not found jobs, according to a recent survey by the labor and education ministries.

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