Sep 2, 2014

Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the U.S. minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. “America deserves a raise,” he told ...

Aug 1, 2014

Setting a living wage

The ¥16 hike in Japan's average minimum hourly wage to ¥780, which an advisory panel has recommended to the labor minister, fails to offset the rising costs of living and hardly strengthens the safety net for the growing ranks of irregular workers.

Jul 30, 2014

Ministry panel agrees on ¥16 hike in minimum wage

A subcommittee of a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry panel recommended Tuesday that the country’s minimum hourly wage for fiscal 2014, which ends in March 2015, be raised by ¥16 on average from the previous year. The minimum wage will average ¥780 if the ...

Sep 11, 2013

Minimum wage to rise to ¥764 per hour on average

A revision to the tax system in October will add ¥15 to the average minimum wage, which will climb to ¥764 an hour, the labor ministry says. It is the largest year-on-year rise since ¥17 in fiscal 2010. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged ...

Aug 20, 2013

Minimum wage uptick

labor ministry advisory council recommends a 2 percent uptick in the minimum hourly wage to ¥763. But consumer price increases could offset the wage rise.