Japan and Executive Search Firms

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The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) has 15 member executive search firms operating in Japan.  AESC members in Japan specialize in executive recruiting across a diverse group of industrial sectors, with a particular focus on senior management roles and regional leaders.  AESC member executive search firms in Japan include the following international leaders in executive search:

  • Amrop Jomon Associates
  • Boyden
  • CDS Executive
  • Global Sage
  • Heidrick & Struggles
  • Kaneko & Associates
  • Korn/Ferry International
  • KIZASHI Corporation
  • Odgers Berndtson
  • Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc.
  • Sheffield Haworth
  • Shimamoto Partners/Penrhyn International
  • Signium International Co., Ltd.
  • Spencer Stuart
  • Stanton Chase International
  • Steinbach & Partner


Senior Executive Job Opportunities in Japan

All AESC member executive search firms in Japan have access to BlueSteps, a career management service for senior executives used to source candidates for senior executive positions in Japan. Placements are made on all levels, from Director to CEO jobs. So why is the executive recruitment market growing in Japan and why are Executive Search Firms there seeking executive talent?

Japan leads the top 10 countries with the largest labor forces with a low 4.6% unemployment rate. The nation’s strong work ethic drove Japan to stand as the third largest economy in the world in 2011. Known for its technologically advanced economy, Japan is home to 6 of the top 20 vehicle manufacturers and is the largest electronics manufacturer in the world with brands like Toyota, Sony, Canon, etc. As an island nation, Japan also shows signs of expanding agricultural and service sectors after the recession and the tragic 2011 earthquake to boost exports.

As a traditional nation offering lifetime employment at the same company for its employees, Japan faces growing numbers of irregular or temporary workers as a result of the recession. This shift in the company dynamics may create a change in the employment market of the future.

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