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Young Japanese recruits no less dedicated at work

AFP , TOKYO

A growing number of company recruits in Japan are ready to sacrifice a date for work, contradicting assumptions that the younger generation is less devoted to Japan Inc, researchers said yesterday.

Eighty percent of workers who were newly hired this spring said they would cancel a date if they were ordered to work overtime, said a poll by the Japan Productivity Center for Socio-Economic Development.

This was up from 62 percent in a similar survey in 1991, said the institute, which carried out the poll in March and April, receiving valid answers from almost 4,000 new recruits.

The research institute said that the survey showed increasing fears over job security since the collapse of the economy in the early 1990s, which led Japanese companies to take the once unthinkable step of mass layoffs.

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