Dec 9, 2014

Rengo to offer counseling on dangers of 'karoshi'

Labor experts at the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) will offer two days of telephone counseling starting Wednesday to help workers struggling under heavy workloads. The chances of a worker falling victim to “karoshi,” or death from overwork, and having the fatality so recognized ...

Dec 3, 2014

Toyota labor unions to seek ¥6,000 monthly raise

The labor unions of Toyota Motor Corp. will consider demanding a raise of at least ¥6,000 in monthly pay in annual wage talks starting early next year, sources said Wednesday. That would be higher than the demand made earlier this year and could trigger ...

Abe pledges to spread benefits of economic recovery

Apr 26, 2014

Abe pledges to spread benefits of economic recovery

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday to do his utmost toward continued economic growth and to spread the benefits among the wider population. Addressing a May Day gathering of some 40,000 participants in central Tokyo, Abe said he is aiming for a sustained recovery ...

Feb 9, 2014

Wages of an economic upturn

Indications are that Japan may finally be on its way out of deflation, but prices are rising faster than workers' wages and the consumption tax hike in April will add to the burden on households.

Feb 5, 2014

Biz chiefs, unions start payroll talks

Base pay is the focus of this year’s “shunto” spring wage negotiations, as managers and labor leaders met Wednesday. The Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo, is demanding a 1 percent or more hike in base pay to help the nation beat deflation. Meanwhile, ...

Jan 29, 2014

Wage hikes can help end deflation

This year's wage negotiations have started, and for the first time in five years, Japan's largest labor organization will demand across-the-board raises in wage bases. The Japan Business Federation concurs but in more evasive language.

Jan 3, 2014

Only 17% of Japan's biggest firms plan to raise wages

Only 17 percent of major companies will raise wages in the business year that starts April 1, even though 71 percent expect the economy to expand in 2014, according to a Kyodo News survey. Of the 104 companies polled, 18 said they will authorize ...

Oct 23, 2013

Rengo to demand pay hike of more than 1%

Rengo plans to demand a basic pay raise of more than 1 percent in next year’s “shunto” spring labor talks, a source close to the group said Wednesday. It will be the first time for Rengo — the Japanese Trade Union Confederation — to ...

Feb 1, 2013

Give a little on wages

To help ensure a better future for Japan's economy, labor and management leaders should strive to agree on some improvement in workers' wages.