My takes from the survey:
- Japanese university graduates prefer to work for non-manufacturing companies
- They show very little interest in society, but focus more on themselves
The following list shows the ranking of companies as perceived by the university graduates. While #1 is Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ bank, actually, the top 5 are banks and insurance companies, 6 and 7 are ANA and JAL (respectively) while the first manufacturing company is Suntory at #8. List continues with more financial companies, trade companies with Toyota at #9, Kirin at #14, Shiseido #17.
I personally find it troubling that Japanese young graduates prefer to work for financial and insurance companies which do not create nor manufacture. Moreover, most of these companies only active in Japan.
Looking at other aspects of the survey, when asked “what is the purpose of work”, the students preferred “just to live” over “pursue a dream”, “for myself” rather than “for society”.
76% do not consider changing jobs, only 27% expressed interest working outside Japan. 42% have no interest in personal success.