Japan Business Federation Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura

This spring’s labor-management wage negotiations started Wednesday as Japan Business Federation Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura and Japanese Trade Union Confederation President Nobuaki Koga met in Tokyo to discuss labor conditions.

While foregoing demands for a pay-scale increase, the nation’s largest umbrella labor body, known as Rengo, is ready to seek a one percent increase in total allocations, including allowances, for the workers.

The federation, or Japan’s most powerful business lobby known as Nippon Keidanren, plans to allow employers to maintain regular pay hikes during the “shunto” annual labor bargaining, but it is expected to take a negative stance toward the demand for the increase in total allocations from the labor side. (PNA/Kyodo)

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