Tag - wages



Mar 4, 2014
Base salaries up for first time in 22 months in January
Salaries increased for the first time in nearly two years in January as companies boosted pay for part-timers, aiding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's effort to end 15 years of deflation.
Feb 22, 2014
Return of shunto is hollow triumph for unions
Shunto is in full swing. Or so it should be. Or so they say. Shunto is the Japanese word for the annual spring round of wage negotiations conducted between big business and trade unions. This "spring offensive" used to feature large in the annual economic calendar. As the deflationary 1990s and beyond set in, this offensive became an offensive no more. Faced with the prospect of corporate bankruptcies and accompanying job losses, labor unions rapidly lost their teeth.
Feb 20, 2014
Toyota regards union demand for wage increase as 'surprisingly high'
Toyota Motor Corp., the nation's largest manufacturer and employer, says the wage increases labor unions have demanded going into annual negotiations this year are "surprisingly high."
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 18, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors workers in line for raise
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. President Osamu Masuko says the automaker is considering raising employees' pay and also resuming dividend payments for the first time in over 16 years in fiscal 2013, reflecting its recovery from a decade of slumping sales.
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
Monthly wage stayed at record low level in 2013
The average monthly wage, including bonuses, came to ¥314,150 in 2013, a record low for the second straight year, the labor ministry said in a preliminary report Wednesday.
Jan 28, 2014
Unions to demand robust pay rises
Unions are adopting robust demands for this spring's annual "shunto" wage talks, with those of Toyota Motor Corp. considering an average ¥2.3 million annual bonus and the electronics industry its first basic pay hike in five years.
Jan 7, 2014
Business leaders call on firms to hike pay
In line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to break the grip of deflation through aggressive economic policies, business leaders on Tuesday called on companies to hike wages.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 6, 2014
Arrival of 'bad inflation' trend bodes ill for Japan's rebound
Price increases are prompting Japanese shoppers to buy less mayonnaise, showing the fragility of any economic rebound unless wages keep up with living costs.
BUSINESS / Economy
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 9, 2013
Abe gets Toyota, Hitachi help in push for wage gains
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged companies to increase wages faster than gains in the cost of living to break the legacy of 15 years of deflation, and praised Toyota Motor Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. for pledging to help.
Dec 3, 2013
Salaries extend slide as inflation takes root
Salaries extended the longest tumble since 2010, increasing pressure on household finances as inflation begins to take root.
Nov 26, 2013
Place university academics on an annual wage system
In academics as in other fields, traditional Japanese systems and practices are hampering the nation's globalization.
Nov 12, 2013
Wage hikes for a sustained recovery
After enjoying increased sales and better bottom lines, Japanese companies can do their part to put the economy back on a sustainable growth path by raising workers' wages.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 31, 2013
Wages slide for 16th month despite Abe's pleas
Salaries extend their longest slide since 2010, even as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urges companies to raise wages as part of his bid to reflate the world's third-largest economy.
Japan Times
Oct 21, 2013
Keidanren to urge members to hike wages, Yonekura says
The head of Japan's most influential business lobby said Monday that he will urge member companies who are expecting business to improve to raise wages.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 27, 2013
Energy-driven inflation rate puts pressure on Abe to engineer wage hikes
Inflation in August accelerated at its fastest pace since 2008 on higher energy costs, underscoring pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to drive wage increases as he seeks to end the nation's 15-year deflationary spiral.
Sep 27, 2013
LDP readies measures to cushion tax hike
The ruling coalition on Friday agreed on certain parts of a ¥5 trillion stimulus package being readied to ease the impact of the planned sales tax hike, including handouts of up to ¥15,000 for lower income households.
Aug 13, 2013
Opportunity to raise wages
armakers and other large Japanese manufacturers should take a cue from better business results of late, due to the weaker yen, and increase workers' wages.
Aug 6, 2013
Proposed ¥14 hike to put minimum wage above welfare in most areas
A government panel proposed Tuesday raising the average hourly minimum wage by ¥14 to ¥763 in fiscal 2013, the largest hike in three years, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aiming for his economic stimulus to spill over into pay.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on