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Staffing firm Persol Career Inc. has agreed to help the Japanese financial sector thinktank OKB Research Institute embark on a full-fledged recruitment business to eliminate labor shortages in local companies.

Under the partnership, Persol Career will support OKB Research during the launch of its recruitment business by sharing data and expertise. In return, Persol will have access to the thinktank’s surveys, white papers and research reports related to the job markets in the Gifu and Aichi prefectures.

Gifu-based OKB Research is a part of Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank, Ltd..

Tokyo-headquartered Persol Career is owned by staffing firm Persol Holdings Limited (TSE: 2181). It operates a business partner-matching site Eiicon.net, a part-time jobs sites WebAn.jp and Baito.Line.me, a career-change information portal Doda.jp, a job site for people with disabilities at Doda.jp/Challenge, and a recruitment support service at Doda.jp/Consultant. There’s a job site for c-suites at Persol-Career.co.jp/Biz/Executive, a bilingual job site at Brs-P.jp, a job site dedicated to the fashion industry at Crede.co.jp, job-hunting services for students at Campus.Doda.jp and Doda-Student.jp, an IT jobs site at TechPlay Career, a mobile-first job vertical MiiDas.jp, and referral adoption services at I-MyRefer.jp.

Persol is known as one of the fastest growing human resource service providers in the Asia Pacific. It’s impressive portfolio is available on the company’s website.

Its main competitors include Recruit HoldingsEn-Japan Inc., Interworks Inc.MyNavi Corp.DIP Corp., and CareerIndex.jp.