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Winter bonuses at Japanese firms see sharpest increase in 40 years

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Fewer Permanent Employees, more Temps - as Temps don't get a bonus and sometimes/often get paid less than permanent staff... this news headline has a hollow ring to it.

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I wonder about all the english teachers on here, what sort of bonus did they get this time?

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so, raise prices and raise taxes, then raise salaries to make up for it? While lending yourself money buying bonds that you can not pay back to yourself?

How long can they keep this up?

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Let's not forget that 60% of the workforce are on part time or short term contracts and not elligible to recieve any bonuses. These bonuses are only given to around half of the 40% of full time workers. That means this news story is only for around 20% of the total workforce. Meanwhile, 25% of Japanese kids are still living in poverty. Japan is like a rotten egg. It looks good on the surface but it stinks on the inside.

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"The rate of increase certainly shows the bonus is recovering toward pre-pandemic levels," a Keidanren official said.

It would be more informative instead of the Keidanren homily to see how the bonuses track against the corporate profits, subsidies they receive from the LDP, and the percentage of the population that receives any substantial bonus.

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I wonder about all the english teachers on here, what sort of bonus did they get this time?

Why would they get one anyway? Typically "English" teachers are contracted, and unless their contract specifies a bonus, many if not most would not receive one anyway.

English teachers are also typically paid more than their Japanese counterparts anyway.

So what are you really "wondering" about?

7 ( +20 / -13 )

Those are before tax. Pathetic.

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DisillusionedToday  07:22 am JST “ Let's not forget that 60% of the workforce are on part time or short term contracts and not elligible to recieve any bonuses. These bonuses are only given to around half of the 40% of full time workers. That means this news story is only for around 20% of the total workforce. Meanwhile, 25% of Japanese kids are still living in poverty. Japan is like a rotten egg. It looks good on the surface but it stinks on the inside. “

literally everybody’s thoughts (just by reading the headline); just two seconds into the article and we know that… this is some Alice in Wonderland s%&#; I upvoted your post; thumbs up.

-6 ( +12 / -18 )

My winter bonus was smaller than my summer bonus, despite my company making healthy profits this year. Working in Japan sucks.

-10 ( +19 / -29 )

Yeah, right! Where's mine? The last bonus I got was far, far less. Let's say around 20,000 yen, and I was a full-timer seishain at this company, too.

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In Reality Bonuses are FAKE, they are just Back salaries and unpaid overtime that is held then released twice a year.

I would rather be paid my FULL salary and ON time than having it given to me 6 months late without interest.

8 ( +22 / -14 )

An old legend once said,

""Pay your workers their wages before their sweats dry out"" now think about that !!!!

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Yeah, right! Where's mine? The last bonus I got was far, far less. Let's say around 20,000 yen, and I was a full-timer seishain at this company, too.

Hey at least you got something. There are far many others that get nothing.

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I noticed that recently the positive headline and the body of the article never matches.

Or vice versa, and happens quite often here. Actually far too often!

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subsidies they receive from the LDP

Until the voters demand an end to all subsidies, subsidies to various privileged special interest will continue.

But almost no one argues against special privilege. Rather, most argue only against other people’s special privileges, while expecting that their own shall be retained.

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Working in Japan sucks.

Changing jobs might help.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

Would Hospital workers receive a bonus?

They'd definitely all deserve one :)

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Yes, a few larger companies may have paid more, but that’s surely not the case for all workers and employees. I guess, the majority even don’t get any wages or following bonus payments but are fully or partially dependent from private or public support.

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Oh yeah, because the yen is so strong right now. ROFL.

The yen lost close to 45% vs. USD over 2 years just 7 weeks ago when the bonuses were decided.

Bonuses raised on short term currency exchange gains or supply starving to drive up prices are usually short lived in the long run.

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I wish I had the option to receive a higher monthly salary rather than have these bonuses that seemed to fluctuate even though it is a part of my annual salary.

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Bonus? What's that ?

Someone said English teachers make better wages than their Japanese counterparts....nonsense! Never heard so much nonsense in all my born days !!

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

A friend work for a company in Yokohama and her bonus at the end of the year is the payment for hours of overtime she worked thru the year, so not a bonus at all.

To make matters worse, he decided to keep 500yen for each one of those hours of overtime and "give" all that withheld money at the end of the yearly contract. But only if the employee finishes the contract. Otherwise, the boss gets to keep that money. Fraudulent af.

An employee tried to take this matter to the labor department. Labor department washed their hands by saying they can't help. Employer fired the employee for trying to bring the labor department. The boss keeps the "bonus" system up.

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Got a good bonus too.

Corporate companies do pay overtime on a monthly basis, so it is not part of the bonus. This practice must be in a few small companies and I suppose it is not legal.

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@Umbrella,

to answer your question (maybe a little late?):

roughly 1/4 of what has been described in the first paragraph.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

FYI University English teacher, non-tenure, yearly renewable contract (max 4 times); bonus ¥500,000 x2 yearly

0 ( +3 / -3 )

915,000円? What a bunch of cheapos, I gave 2 mil to my 5 employees on a company I run as a hobby. I'm pretty sure a multinational can do better. What's with the insane greed of some?

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ok1517

I have a friend who has the misfortune to be working at one of the most well known ALT companies in Japan. He told me his monthly salary is a terrible just over 210, 000 a month. I was just wondering if he received a large bonus to make up for the appalling salary?

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Didn't they go down during covid? No wonder they are higher this year now the rest of the world is getting back to normal...

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Someone said English teachers make better wages than their Japanese counterparts....nonsense! Never heard so much nonsense in all my born days !!

ALTS who are taking home between 200,000 to 300,000 per month are taking home between 50,000 to 100,000 more than contracted or new hire Japanese teachers.

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I hope they spend their extra income within the local community not on beastly Amazon or other ghastly online sites.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Many of the "beastly Amazon accounts" are actually Japanese businesses. I always check out the seller. Local community support is always important but if items are not available then I find them on Amazon.

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FYI Tenured assoc prof. Last winter bonus received ¥2.4 million. But I appreciate that it’s not representative of most jobs without tenure which do not offer bonuses.

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