| Mar 15, 2014

Economy can do without structural reform

by Jochen Legewie

While critics of “Abenomics” begrudgingly agree Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy package has been a success so far, they are equally quick to highlight its looming headwinds. They concede that the first two “arrows” of Abe’s economic program, monetary easing and fiscal stimulus, have ...

Unions set to get forceful in pay demands

Feb 17, 2014

Unions set to get forceful in pay demands

The nation’s unions have started demanding wage hikes from cash-rich firms as annual pay talks get under way, setting up a rare showdown after years of drama-free labor relations. Unionists are questioning if usually quiescent workers should stick by a decades-long strategy of keeping ...

Jan 11, 2014

Toyota union to demand pay hike

The federation of labor unions for Toyota Motor group firms decides to demand a pay-scale hike at upcoming spring wage talks for the first time since 2009.

Inequality threatens Mandela legacy

Dec 7, 2013

Inequality threatens Mandela legacy

by Mike Cohen

Nelson Mandela emerged from 27 years in apartheid jails in 1990 pledging to seize South Africa’s mines and banks. Four years later, his government slashed spending and courted foreign investors, paving the way for the longest period of growth in the country’s history. The ...

South African strikes spur fears of fresh violence

Aug 27, 2013

South African strikes spur fears of fresh violence

Tens of thousands of builders halted work and aircraft technicians disrupted air traffic Monday in the latest strikes to hit South Africa, fanning fears of new violence. Around 90,000 construction workers embarked on an indefinite strike demanding a 13 percent pay increase, against employers’ ...

Mar 22, 2013

Firms face law to hire mentally disabled ranks

The labor ministry will submit a bill that will require companies and public offices to employ mentally disabled people starting in April 2018, ministry officials said Thursday. The plan was approved at a meeting of the ministry’s Labor Policy Council subcommittee on employment of ...