There is stiff opposition to the plan from small and midsize firms worried about their survival, and from ruling party lawmakers fearing a political backlash.
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The annual wage talks serve as a barometer of corporate strength and household purchasing power.
In September, 30,644 people moved out of Tokyo, up 12.5% year-on-year, while the number moving in fell 11.7% to 27,006, data showed.
About one-fifth of Japanese companies have no female managers and most say women account for less than 10% of management, a Reuters monthly poll found.
In an interview, Ishiba said Tokyo should deepen ties with its Asian neighbors, including South Korea, amid growing tension between China and the United States.
Official figures belie worsening prospects for temporary workers, who make up about 40 percent of the employment market, and 2.4 million furloughed.
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