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The results of wage negotiations between companies and labor unions are written on a whiteboard at the office of the Japan Council of Metalworkers' Unions in Tokyo on Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 15, 2024
Japan’s labor unions win big pay raises for members
The preliminary figure for the average hike stands at a 33-year high of 5.28%, according to Japan’s largest labor organization.
The average demanded wage increase, including pay-scale hikes and regular raises, stood at ¥17,606 as of Monday, up ¥4,268 from around the same time last year.
Mar 7, 2024
Japan's average pay hike demands top 5% for first time in 30 years
It is the first time in 30 years for the average to exceed 5%, compared with past final survey results.
Kishida speaks at a meeting with leaders of Japanese Trade Union Confederation and Japan Business Federation on Monday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 23, 2024
With meetings, Japan leader amplifies call for wage hikes at small firms
Dissatisfaction over falling real wages has been one of the factors undermining the prime minister's support rate, which remained under 30% in a series of recent polls.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at a New Year’s event hosted by Rengo, the nation’s biggest trade union federation, in Tokyo on Friday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 6, 2024
Kishida and Rengo chief amplify push for strong wage growth
Wage gains feeding into demand-led price gains are a condition for any move to normalize monetary policy.
Tomoko Yoshino, president of Rengo, attends a meeting in 2022.
Nov 17, 2023
Japan's largest labor union to seek worker pay hikes beyond 2024
Rengo said last month it will demand wage hikes totaling 5% or more next year.
Keidanren Chairman Masakazu Tokura at a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 25. In September, the head of the business lobby group expressed the expectation that pay hikes exceeding 4% will be seen next year.
Nov 6, 2023
Japan's main business lobby to press firms for over 4% wage hikes
The average pay hike at major member firms this year stood at 3.99%, the highest in 31 years.
Rengo President Tomoko Yoshino says the labor organization will seek wage hikes of 5% or more next year.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 19, 2023
Japan's largest labor group aims for wage hikes of 5% or more
Rengo will finalize its stance in December ahead of next year's wage negotiations.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan head Kenta Izumi (left) and the Democratic Party for the People leader Yuichiro Tamaki (right) attend a Rengo convention in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 5, 2023
Kishida’s attendance at union event offers hint at electoral strategy
The prime minister attended the event in his latest effort to court union members and expand his party's electoral base.
Rengo members cheer during their annual May Day rally to demand higher pay and better working conditions, in Tokyo on April 29.
Jul 21, 2023
Japanese unions urge employers to continue wage hikes next year and beyond
Rengo made the demand as it reviewed the results of its annual spring wage talks that concluded earlier this month, which saw major companies agree to the largest raises in 30 years.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2023
Japanese firms offer biggest pay hikes in 30 years as wage growth broadens
A total of 5,272 unions affiliated with Rengo showed an average pay hike of 3.58%, or ¥10,560 per month, the biggest increase since the 3.9% seen in 1993.
Japan Times
Apr 29, 2023
Kishida attends May Day rally as he seeks to promote track record on wages
Kishida's attendance made him the first prime minister to attend the event in nine years.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 25, 2023
LDP aims to bolster ties with Japan's largest trade union
The administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is making efforts to win over Rengo, a key supporter of opposition parties, which has 7 million union members.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2023
Japan unions win biggest pay hikes in 30 years, interim tally shows
Labor unions won their biggest pay hikes in 30 years in the 2023 negotiations, Rengo said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Mar 17, 2023
Japan's labor unions confirm average wage hikes of 3.8%, marking a three-decade high
The preliminary survey of 805 unions affiliated with Rengo showed an average hike of ¥11,844 ($89) per month, according to the labor organization.
Japan Times
Mar 4, 2023
Average pay hike demanded by unions in Japan tops 4%
Companies are apparently 'moving to invest in human resources' against a backdrop of rising prices and labor shortages, Rengo President Tomoko Yoshino said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 26, 2023
Kishida rallies LDP members ahead of April local elections
The prime minister said his ruling party will focus on issues surrounding wage hikes, constitutional revision and imperial succession.
Japan Times
Feb 16, 2023
Annual wage talks in Japan closely watched amid price hikes
In negotiations, the labor union side is demanding large wage hikes to alleviate the pressure of higher living expenses as much as possible.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 23, 2023
Wage talks begin with Rengo and Keidanren agreeing on need for pay hikes
Core consumer prices in the country rose 4% in December from a year earlier, the highest level since 1981, while Japan's real wages declined for the eighth straight month in November.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 17, 2023
Japan’s largest trade union head says 2023 is pivotal for wages
Trade union leader has stressed the importance of moving toward continued wage growth in the face of rapid inflation and economic stagnation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 6, 2023
Kishida again puts LDP-DPP tie-up in spotlight with labor union appearance
The DPP is strongly backed by members of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, and the labor group's leader has moved the organization closer to the LDP.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan