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Japan – Food, beverage, and pharmaceutical companies top best employer list

04 February 2014

International recruitment firm Randstad have announced that Meiji Holdings is the best company to work for in Japan, followed by Suntory Holdings and Sony. This marks the third consecutive year that a food, beverage, and tobacco company has been named the best company.

Meiji Holdings, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells dairy products, confectionary, and pharmaceuticals through Japan and internationally. In last year’s list Meiji was ranked third. Suntory Holdings fell from top position last year to second in 2014, the company produces and distributes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Electronics giant Sony jumped from 24th place in 2013 to third in 2014.  

Top 10 Japanese Firms 2014 Ranking 2013 Ranking
Meiji Holdings 1 3
Suntory Holdings 2 1
Sony 3 17
Kirin Holdings 4 5
Hitachi 5 24
Nintendo 6 4
Toyota Motor Company 7 15
Ajinamoto 8 7
Nissin Food Holdings 9 6
All Nippon Airways 10 9
Top 3 International Firms 2014 Ranking 2013 Ranking
Procter & Gamble 1 2
Coca Cola 2 5
Microsoft 3 3

The Randstad Award is the largest compilation of employer branding research in the world. The trophy is presented each year to the most attractive employer company, based on an objective survey done through an independent organisation. 

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