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 Hiroaki Nakanishi, president of Keidanren, Business Association, proposed to start debate regarding  “recruiting rules.” He says that he does not think that the present practice of Keidanren’ setting up rules of recruiting fits today’s global business environment.  It appears that this has generated some debates as there are two opposing views on the rules/regulations regarding recruiting/hiring.

I personally think this is a great move to  trigger the major transformation of the human capital management in Japan.  In my understanding, the traditional recruiting/hiring and human capital development in Japan represented by Keidanren setting up rules for the member companies  has been outdated as it has not caught up with the changes taking place in the reset of the word,  I have come to think that we need new practice even more strongly as I see what has been taking place in the rest of the world and how Japan’s practice is so “different” and “so out of touch with the time.”   I have been involved with the activities on Future of Jobs, Education,Gender & Work councils in the past and have seen how much of a change and transformation has taken place in the rest of the world. We discuss platform work, multiple career for individuals, not to mention, AI or robotics collaborating with people, which is very different from the practice in Japan.

I also think that the Japanese people are at disadvantage as they must follow these “rules”, which limits their mobility.  (In fact it was some 5 or 6 years ago when I was involved with the council on talent mobility!)

I think it is very possible for both companies and for individuals to take a fresh look at their capabilities and skills once these “rules” are abolished.  For companies, they need to figure out how they can attract good talent from anywhere in the world by making their company an attractive place for talent.  Individuals will think about how they can keep on learning to make themselves of value to some organizations (assuming they want to work for the organizations.)  This move may start the free flow of people and companies so that they are encouraged to make effort to keep on learning.

In 100-year life, we focus very much on lifelong learning.  By eliminating and abolishing “rules” for fixed time recruiting etc., individuals as well as companies (in particular those in HR section) are encouraged to pursue learning themselves. I believe that we need some drivers to push us and this move of abolishing rules could serve as the trigger, so that people can compete freely and constructively.   (Will write more.)  _We can be free from the small box with locks and chains!

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