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Top Japan companies agree to 5.58% average pay hike, business lobby says

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🗞️ Driving the news: Top Japanese companies have agreed to an average wage increase of 5.58% during the annual labor talks, marking the largest hike in 33 years
• This increase surpasses last year’s 3.99% and is just shy of the 5.6% rise seen in 1991

🔭 The context: The substantial wage increase is a response to Japan's chronic labor shortages and rising consumer prices
• The annual "shunto" spring labor negotiations, characterized by a collaborative approach between labor and management, are a key aspect of Japanese business culture

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Higher wages can improve living standards and economic stability, potentially influencing consumer behavior towards more sustainable choices
• Additionally, wage hikes might spur corporate investment in productivity and innovation, including green technologies

⏭️ What's next: Final data from the Keidanren survey, covering 244 large companies, will be published in late July
• This will provide a comprehensive picture of the wage trends across various sectors

💬 One quote: "The rising wages reflect Japan's chronic labour shortages, as well as efforts to help employees tackle rising consumer prices," reports Kentaro Sugiyama

📈 One stat: The wage increase of 5.58% is the highest since 1991, reflecting significant economic adjustments

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