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2008-07-28 15:00:53

By Yohei Takei, The Yomiuri Shimbun Jul. 27--A growing number of young people are finding that academic achievement is no guarantee of career success, with many doctorate holders unable to get the jobs they want. According to research by the Education, Science and Technology Ministry, of 16,801 doctoral graduates who completed courses in March last year, 4,146, or about 25 percent, could not find permanent jobs. The figure is even higher if only those able to secure part-time or...

2008-07-27 15:00:38

A growing number of young people are finding that academic achievement is no guarantee of career success, with many doctorate holders unable to get the jobs they want. According to research by the Education, Science and Technology Ministry, of 16,801 doctoral graduates who completed courses in March last year, 4,146, or about 25 percent, could not find permanent jobs. The figure is even higher if only those able to secure part-time or temporary positions is included. The problem is...

2006-01-31 22:52:45

By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Is your annual salary lower than your age multiplied by $1,000? Do you eat lots of snacks and fast foods? Japanese readers who answered yes to these and other questions by Atsushi Miura in his recent best-seller "Karyu Shakai (Underclass Society)" were told what they may have suspected all along: they are members of an emerging class of the new poor. The book touched off debate about a new social divide in a country that has long seen itself as...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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