Business / Economy Feb 18, 2015

Big firms face pay-hike calls as 'shunto' labor talks begin

Large firms kicked off their annual wage talks Wednesday, with labor unions demanding a pay-scale hike amid Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's repeated calls for an increase in salaries that would help boost consumption and shore up the economy. Workers at major automakers including Toyota Motor ...

Business / Economy Jan 29, 2015

Business, labor seek common ground ahead of wage talks

The nation's largest business lobby and labor union held rare direct talks Thursday, seeking common ground ahead of their annual wage talks that could affect the Abe administration's efforts to revitalize the economy. "This year's spring labor offensive has drawn high expectations from the public. ...

National 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 increase ...

Business 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 similar ...

Abe pledges to spread benefits of economic recovery

Business / Economy 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 that ...

Key firms agree to hike pay scales

Business / Economy Mar 12, 2014

Key firms agree to hike pay scales

Many major firms notified their labor unions Wednesday that they will raise pay scales to conclude this year's spring wage negotiations, responding to strong calls from the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to help end long-standing deflation. Toyota Motor Corp., which has huge influence ...