Ample talented resources
At the end of the Edo Period, Hizen (the present Saga Prefecture) was listed one of the four domains "Satsuma, Choshu, Tosa and Hizen," noted for the art of high-quality craftsmanship that supported the modernization of Japan with technical capabilities, and for its ample talented human resources who played an essential role in a variety of fields such as academics, medicine and politics from the end of the Edo Period to the Meiji Era.
The book "Hagakure", which was dictated by Yamamoto Jocho of the Saga Nabeshima clan, is widely read by many business owners even today.
The craftsmanship, development of human resources, and spirit of "Hagakure" have been inherited by the people of Saga Prefecture, producing many talented people.
Seven wise men of Saga Prefecture who made remarkable achievements in academia, medicine, politics and foreign diplomacy
Images provided by: Nabeshima Naomasa (owned by Nabeshima Houkoukai), Okuma Shigenobu and five others (Owned by Saga Castle History Museum)
Evaluation by companies that have established entities
Employment environment easy to secure talented resources
The ratio of job offers to job seekers in Saga Prefecture has been staying a low level, compared to the national average figure.
In addition, Saga Prefecture, in cooperation with local municipalities and unemployment offices, responds to the needs of companies that have established entities in Saga Prefecture, and gives support to secure human resource such as advertising job information, and helping to hold company explanation sessions.
These initiatives are evaluated highly by companies that have established business entities in Saga Prefecture, as being "essential support," and "enabling the securement of talented human resources."
Transition of ratio of job offers to job seekers
(Seasonally adjusted figure including parttimers)
Source: Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare/Job openings-to-applicants ratio by prefecture (2016)
Unique measure to secure human resources in Saga
About 80% of students who graduate from high schools in Saga Prefecture go on to universities and colleges outside the Prefecture, with about 50% of them going to Fukuoka Prefecture. In addition, about 40% of students who graduate from high schools in Saga Prefecture find jobs outside the Prefecture. Many young people from Saga Prefecture find jobs outside the Prefecture while hoping to find jobs in the Prefecture.
Saga Prefecture is promoting initiatives to create a pathway whereby people who have left Saga once can choose to work in Saga and return to their hometown.
"Re: Saga Meeting"
The Prefecture holds network events in major cities--Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka--for meeting people from Saga Prefecture in their 30s or younger, to build networks, and sends information such as seasonal information of Saga, job information, and measures to encourage people to return to their hometowns for work, using Social Networking Service, etc.
Network establishment with education organizations
Saga Prefecture works together with about 80 universities, colleges, advanced vocational schools, etc., across the country that have students from Saga Prefecture.
The person in charge in the Prefecture visits the schools regularly to give the latest job information.
Advertisements for parents
Saga Prefecture posts a serial column in local newspapers U-turn, J-turn and I-turn, targeting parents who may have influence on the career decisions of students.
The Prefecture also holds career seminars for the parents of students.