Japanese job seekers hold Tokyo pep rally

The Associated Press

With cheerleaders shouting encouragement, more than 1,000 young Japanese trying to break into the job market have held a pep rally in Tokyo to highlight what officials say is the bleakest employment outlook Japan has faced in years.

About 1,500 college students crowded into a park on Tuesday to offer each other moral support and appeal for jobs at the rally, which they hoped would put the national spotlight on the difficulties job seekers are dealing with in Japan's once-mighty economy.

A record one-third of Japanese university students graduating this spring have not found jobs, according to a recent survey by the labor and education ministries.