May 19, 2015

Real wages fell 3% in fiscal 2014; largest drop on record

Japan’s average monthly real wage plunged 3.0 percent in fiscal 2014, marking the largest fall on record and the fourth year of decline, as last year’s consumption tax hike took its toll, the labor ministry said Tuesday. However, in nominal terms the average monthly ...

May 8, 2015

Major firms boost summer bonuses by 3%

The average summer bonus this year for workers at leading Japanese firms is up 3 percent from a year earlier at ¥734,434, rising for the second straight year and hitting the highest level since the 2008 global financial crisis, a recent private-sector survey has ...

Apr 8, 2015

Summer bonuses to rise for second straight year

Summer bonuses are expected to rise for a second straight year, though by less than in 2014, according to private-sector estimates. The average bonus this summer is expected to rise 2.3 percent year on year, to ¥379,000 per worker, Mizuho Securities Co. said Tuesday. ...

Mar 5, 2015

Growth in Japan uneven, tied to population size: poll

Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s focus on revitalizing regional economies, growth remains uneven across Japan — with the pace of recovery slow the past year in municipalities with smaller populations, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday. Nearly 80 percent of local leaders who responded ...