Japan’s Unions Demand Wage Rises

A crane loads a container onto a cargo ship at a port in Tokyo on March 10, 2014. Japan's economic growth in the last quarter of 2013 was weaker than previously thought, revised data showed on March 10, underscoring concerns about the pace of recovery driven by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic growth blitz.
A crane loads a container onto a cargo ship at a port in Tokyo on March 10, 2014. Japan’s economic growth in the last quarter of 2013 was weaker than previously thought, revised data showed on March 10, underscoring concerns about the pace of recovery driven by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic growth blitz.

Japanese companies are due to announce annual wage plans on Wednesday, following union talks. With profits up and consumer prices rising, companies are facing demands for more pay for the first time in years. Mike Firn reports from Tokyo.

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