We live out in Chiba east of Tokyo on the Keiyo Line, fairly close to the Makuhari Messe Convention Center. The big show/event this week is Interop Tokyo 2007 - the premier internet and networking technology event for the year. So, the headhunters and recruiters are out in force.
The days of lifetime employment and company/employee loyalty are long gone, especially in any of the high tech fields. Headhunting is common and carries little if any stigma. And, from what we've heard, the headhunting/recruiting business is extremely active and profitable.,There are even recruiting posters on the trains - like the one above that features every engineer's dream project - a humanoid robot that looks like it's just waiting for Will Smith to put in an appearance.