Dec 18, 2014

Tax break eyed on size-based levy in exchange for pay hikes

The government and the ruling coalition are thinking of limiting the expansion of a size-based tax for companies that raise wages, informed sources say. Under the deal, the government would let companies that raise wages by at least 3 percent from fiscal 2012 levels ...

Dec 2, 2014

Inflation-adjusted wages continue falling

Wages for salaried workers adjusted for inflation dropped 2.8 percent in October, marking the 16th consecutive month of decline, government data showed Tuesday. Wages stood at ¥267,935 per worker, up 0.5 percent from a year earlier if the impact of consumer price hikes is ...

BOJ chief watching impact of falling yen after additional easing

Nov 25, 2014

BOJ chief watching impact of falling yen after additional easing

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday the central bank is closely watching the impact of the yen’s sharp fall against other major currencies following the bank’s additional monetary easing announced last month. Speaking to a meeting of business leaders in Nagoya, Kuroda ...

Nov 7, 2014

U.S. jobless claims, wages data point to tightening market

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week and compensation accelerated in the third quarter, in the latest signs of tightening labor market conditions. Thursday’s upbeat data underscored the resilience of the economy and some analysts ...

Sep 17, 2014

Survey finds skepticism about global trade's benefits

Japanese, Americans and many Europeans aren’t sold on the benefits of trade. They doubt that global economic ties create jobs or raise wages, an international survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows. But people in China and other low- and middle-income countries are ...

Aug 29, 2014

Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

Japan’s vital signs remained weak in July, as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world’s third-largest economy. Data released Friday showed inflation was flat. The core consumer price index, excluding volatile fresh food prices, stood at 3.3 percent, ...

Aug 20, 2014

Skepticism over Abe's inflation goal grows as price gauge retreats

Traders are growing more skeptical Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will achieve his 2 percent inflation target after a sales tax increase derailed growth. The 10-year break-even rate, a gauge of expectations for consumer-price gains in inflation-linked bonds, dropped to 1.16 percent Tuesday, the lowest ...

Jul 11, 2014

Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

Japan’s labour shortage is nearing crisis in some key industries as it spreads from construction to services, curbing companies’ operations, pushing up wages and potentially crimping a tentative recovery in the world’s third-largest economy. Airlines, retailers, truckers and restaurant chains are being forced to ...

British public-sector workers stage major strike over pay and cuts

Jul 11, 2014

British public-sector workers stage major strike over pay and cuts

A major public-sector strike took place in Britain on Thursday, with hundreds of thousands of workers rallying against the government’s austerity-driven spending cuts and pay restraint measures. The strike involves a wide range of workers from teachers and civil servants to street sweepers and ...