May 29, 2014

Flurry of contacts with China takes positive swing toward commerce

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and the head of the Keidanren business lobby agreed Wednesday to expand bilateral economic cooperation despite continuing political tensions. “Although China and Japan are currently fighting about historical issues” and over which country controls a group of islands in ...

Feb 10, 2014

Anti-nuke candidates' loss elates biz chiefs

Business leaders welcomed former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe’s victory Sunday in the Tokyo gubernatorial election, which represented a victory in their efforts to prevent the anti-nuclear lobby from harming their interests. “We are hoping that the new governor will work well with the state ...

Jan 26, 2014

Leadership change at Keidanren

Keidanren has selected a new leader just as its clout declines and it faces challenges to its role as the nation's most powerful business lobby.

Jan 7, 2014

Business leaders call on firms to hike pay

by Masaaki Kameda

In line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s campaign to break the grip of deflation through aggressive economic policies, business leaders on Tuesday called on companies to hike wages. “We have asked member companies to raise wages to realize a virtuous cycle of the economy,” ...

Ties with China on mend, Keidanren chief says

Nov 21, 2013

Ties with China on mend, Keidanren chief says

Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of Japan’s most influential business lobby, is saying that progress has been made in efforts to improve the nation’s ties with China following the latest business mission to China. At a news conference in Beijing, Yonekura, head of Keidanren, said Wednesday ...

Keidanren to urge members to hike wages, Yonekura says

Oct 21, 2013

Keidanren to urge members to hike wages, Yonekura says

The head of Japan’s most influential business lobby said Monday that he will urge member companies who are expecting business to improve to raise wages. Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of Keidanren, also known as the Japan Business Federation, told a press conference that wage hikes ...