Apr 8, 2015

Summer bonuses to rise for second straight year

Summer bonuses are expected to rise for a second straight year, though by less than in 2014, according to private-sector estimates. The average bonus this summer is expected to rise 2.3 percent year on year, to ¥379,000 per worker, Mizuho Securities Co. said Tuesday. ...

Mar 5, 2015

Growth in Japan uneven, tied to population size: poll

Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s focus on revitalizing regional economies, growth remains uneven across Japan — with the pace of recovery slow the past year in municipalities with smaller populations, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday. Nearly 80 percent of local leaders who responded ...

Mar 4, 2015

Auto workers double their pay hike demands this year

The umbrella group representing automobile industry unions said 84 percent of its member unions are demanding a base wage hike of about ¥6,000 per month, double the demands they made last year. A tally released Tuesday by the Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers’ Unions, ...