Feb 18, 2015

Big firms face pay-hike calls as 'shunto' labor talks begin

Large firms kicked off their annual wage talks Wednesday, with labor unions demanding a pay-scale hike amid Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated calls for an increase in salaries that would help boost consumption and shore up the economy. Workers at major automakers including Toyota ...

Jan 29, 2015

Business, labor seek common ground ahead of wage talks

The nation’s largest business lobby and labor union held rare direct talks Thursday, seeking common ground ahead of their annual wage talks that could affect the Abe administration’s efforts to revitalize the economy. “This year’s spring labor offensive has drawn high expectations from the ...

Jan 19, 2015

Electronics unions to demand ¥6,000 pay hike

Labor unions at major electronics makers are planning to demand a hike of ¥6,000 in monthly pay across the board during the upcoming “shunto” annual pay negotiations, industry sources say. It would be the highest demand since a ¥7,000 request filed in 1998. The ...

Abe, business heads, labor unions agree on efforts for wage growth

Dec 16, 2014

Abe, business heads, labor unions agree on efforts for wage growth

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration crafted a joint statement Tuesday with leaders of business organizations and labor unions, aiming to bolster the economy through wage growth. At a trilateral meeting, Abe also urged large manufacturers, which have benefited from the yen’s slide, to trade ...

Dec 9, 2014

Rengo to offer counseling on dangers of 'karoshi'

Labor experts at the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) will offer two days of telephone counseling starting Wednesday to help workers struggling under heavy workloads. The chances of a worker falling victim to “karoshi,” or death from overwork, and having the fatality so recognized ...

Dec 3, 2014

Toyota labor unions to seek ¥6,000 monthly raise

The labor unions of Toyota Motor Corp. will consider demanding a raise of at least ¥6,000 in monthly pay in annual wage talks starting early next year, sources said Wednesday. That would be higher than the demand made earlier this year and could trigger ...

Abe pledges to spread benefits of economic recovery

Apr 26, 2014

Abe pledges to spread benefits of economic recovery

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday to do his utmost toward continued economic growth and to spread the benefits among the wider population. Addressing a May Day gathering of some 40,000 participants in central Tokyo, Abe said he is aiming for a sustained recovery ...

Key firms agree to hike pay scales

Mar 12, 2014

Key firms agree to hike pay scales

Many major firms notified their labor unions Wednesday that they will raise pay scales to conclude this year’s spring wage negotiations, responding to strong calls from the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to help end long-standing deflation. Toyota Motor Corp., which has huge ...

Workers stumble while 'Abenomics' soars

Feb 3, 2014

Workers stumble while 'Abenomics' soars

by Jason Clenfield

Japanese stocks and profits are soaring under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to revive the economy. Even shop prices are up, a key step after years of deflation kept pocketbooks shut tight. None of that matters to Shuzo Matsui.