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(Update) Big Japan Firms Raise Pay by 5.58 Pct

(Update) Big Japan Firms Raise Pay by 5.58 Pct

   Tokyo, May 20 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese companies agreed to raise monthly pay by 5.58 pct, or 19,480 yen, on average in this year's "shunto" spring labor-management wage talks, the first tally by the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, showed Monday.
   The result far exceeded last year's rise of 3.91 pct, or 13,110 yen, and topped 4 pct for the first time since 1992, when the first-tally average wage hike stood at 4.78 pct, or 12,893 yen. The amount of the pay hike was the highest since the current tally method was adopted in 1976.
   A Keidanren official said that the survey outcome highlighted the impact of the business lobby's calls to boost momentum for wage hikes.
   In this year's shunto, the labor side demanded bigger pay increases than the previous year's due to inflation and labor shortages. A number of major companies fully accepted these requests. Some companies promised higher wage growth than demanded by labor unions.
   With the exception of the cargo transport industry, companies in 15 industry sectors agreed wage hikes exceeding those of the previous year.

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