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 ...

Mar 4, 2015

Auto workers double their pay hike demands this year

The umbrella group representing automobile industry unions said 84 percent of its member unions are demanding a base wage hike of about ¥6,000 per month, double the demands they made last year. A tally released Tuesday by the Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers’ Unions, ...

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 ...

Families hit as inflation outruns wage rises

Feb 4, 2015

Families hit as inflation outruns wage rises

Increases in the cost of living outpaced annual earnings that rose for the first time in four years in 2014 as the Abe administration sought to reflate the economy. Average earnings climbed 0.8 percent last year while pay, adjusted for inflation, fell 2.5 percent, ...

Jan 30, 2015

4.2% wage hike due for public works builders

The land and infrastructure ministry announced Friday a 4.2 percent hike in standard wages for construction workers who participate in public works projects. Starting Sunday, the national average daily wage will stand at ¥16,678, rising for the fourth consecutive year. This year, the ministry ...