Self-registration for some services through the HelloWork website (https://www.hellowork.go.jp/) appears to require a valid job seeker number from HelloWork as well as an email address registered with HelloWork (see the following screenshot).

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The individuals whom I met at HelloWork Fujisawa on June 20, 2017 appeared to either not be aware of the self-registration requirements or were unwilling to share such information with me. At HelloWork Ito on June 22, 2017, the employees whom I met appeared not to be aware of such requirements but nonetheless agreed to register an email address in the HelloWork database after giving hard copies of the contract form and contract terms in Japanese. According to HelloWork Yokohama on July 6, 2017, it is not possible to register an email address with HelloWork Yokohama and there are no services which could be accessed through the https://www.hellowork.go.jp/ website that would require an email address for purposes of, for instance, self-registration. At HelloWork Yokohama there was – once again – a mobile phone on the desk between the employee and the customer for the entire duration of the conversation, which might in any case have been relatively easily followed by some of the third parties who were present at the office at the same time. The manager was called rather hastily to perform what might from some distance have appeared to be not entirely unlike Christian prayer. The manager confirmed that job seekers’ email addresses cannot be registered at HelloWork Yokohama, but there might not have been clear response to a repeated question on what could be done in case a customer printed out a screenshot from what might appear to be the https://www.hellowork.go.jp/ website which might appear to require an email address registered with HelloWork in order to self-register for the service in question. The employee at HelloWork Yokohama confirmed that information on all HelloWork offices which I have visited is included in the database that is accessible to the employees at HelloWork Yokohama as well as information on those offices where my email address is registered, but she did not confirm whether the actual email address which is registered at some other HelloWork office is visible to the employees of HelloWork Yokohama.

Job application through HelloWork appears to often require a phone call by some of the HelloWork staff to the prospective employer in the presence of the potential applicant to confirm whether a HelloWork letter of introduction could be issued in order to allow the potential applicant to apply for the job. In some cases such a phone call might turn into a de facto job interview – in the presence of all those individuals and devices that might be able to follow the conversation – as the prospective employer might request to speak directly with the potential applicant to determine whether formal application might be permitted after such de facto job interview. In many cases, however, presumably the relevant personnel cannot be reached while the potential applicant is in the HelloWork office, necessitating further visits to HelloWork offices in the future to confirm whether applications for specific jobs could be sent. No-one might, for instance, be reached through the phone number provided by the prospective employer to HelloWork or the relevant person might be available, for instance, approximately five hours later – 15 minutes before the closing time of the HelloWork office.

If it ever turned out that a foreign national with limited skills in the local language might nonetheless be able to perform specific tasks or jobs with more skill and/or integrity than the incumbents, would the locals not, at the minimum, have to admit that competence and/or integrity may not be important or relevant criteria in recruitment decisions, if not also actually hire the more skilful and/or incorruptible foreigner?

HelloWork Yokohama on July 6, 2017

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At a recruiting/interviewing event (よこはま合同就職面接会) held on the 9th floor (“Community & Culture Service”) of the Sogo department store building (そごう横浜店) close to the East Exit of JR Yokohama station on July 6, 2017 there might have appeared to be what some of the locals might sometimes have referred to as potential discrepancies between the verbal and body language of some recruiters, who might, for instance, have shown what might be interpreted or perhaps even briefly self-described as an ok sign made with the thumb and index finger while verbally providing less positive information (See Rescuing Academism for further potential applications of such a pose or posture in the medical field in Japan).

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