Doubts Over Japan Wage Hikes

Japan’s spring wage negotiations yielded strong results this year, but economists are questioning whether it will be sufficient to help lift the country out of its economic mire.

Annual labor-management negotiations, known as shunto, concluded on Wednesday. Toyota Motor, Japan’s largest company by operating profit, announced that it will increase monthly pay by 4,000 yen, up from last year’s wage hike of 2,700 yen. Panasonic employees will receive a base-pay hike of 3,000 yen, versus a 2,000 yen increase last year, and Nissan Motor offered a 1.4 percent, or 5,000 yen, raise. All increases exclude automatic increases in seniority pay.

The results mark two consecutive years of wage growth and are encouraging, Masayuki Kichikawa, managing director and chief Japan economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), told CNBC on Wednesday.

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