Request for Business Wage Increases

Japan Prime Minister requests wage increase for seven consecutive years, without mentioning numerical targets Keidanren meeting.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the Keidanren’s delegation meeting held in Tokyo on Wednesday, arguing for the spring 2020 labor-management negotiations, saying that wage increases are “important is investing in human resources. “. The prime minister’s request for business wage increases for the seventh consecutive year. He called on the business community to help prevent the economy from breaking down after the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2008. He did not mention specific numerical targets.

The Prime Minister said, “For reference, the Tokyo Olympics half a century ago had a wage increase of 12% a year,” he said. Some point out that the economy could weaken after the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 20. He wants to raise incomes through wage increases and raise consumption.

After the inauguration of the second Abe administration, the prime minister has sought economic cooperation from the business community to raise wages since 2014. According to Keidanren, the rate of wage increase combined with regular salary increases and bears was 2.43% in 2007, exceeding 2% for the sixth consecutive year.

The Prime Minister mentioned specific numerical targets of 3% in the 2018 labor-management negotiations. This time, following the 19-year labor-management negotiations, reference to numerical targets was avoided. It seems that Keidanren Chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi considers the wage increase to be decided voluntarily by management.


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