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About 93% of Japanese firms raised employee wages in 2022: survey

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Only about 25% of the firms responded so more likely around only around 26% of Japanese firms in this size range increased wages. The others likely didn't raise wages, or they might have been more likely to respond to the survey. Never assume that this sort of sampling is representative. Also, they don's say how much they raised wages. Maybe 1% wage increase, which would not be significant at all. We don'r know. This is sadly typical of the way statistics are reported inJapan Today.

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I'm sorry but there is absolutely no validity to a survey like this. 75% of those surveyed didn't respond! That is going to create incredibly biased results. If I had results like that in my own research, I would have to figure out a different testing method because I wouldn't be able to draw any conclusions. Response rates below 50% are generally not acceptable for analysis and reporting.

To say that 93% of companies raised wages based on the results from this survey? Sorry, it's clickbait and completely misleading. We can just as easily assume that all non-responses are 'no increase'. If that is the case, only about 23% of companies actually increased wages.

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Around 93 percent of Japanese companies were compelled to raise wages for their employees in 2022 to prevent them from moving to better-paying jobs amid labor shortages, a government-affiliated think tank said Saturday.

Is this the same government think tank that comes out with the massaged unemployment stats and when the pandemic started attributed layoffs and resignations in the travel industry as being due to contract workers "seeking better paying jobs"?

The results of the survey, conducted by the Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training, come as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government is crafting a new economic stimulus package aimed at easing the negative impact of price hikes amid insufficient wage growth.

Being a government mouthpiece spouting voodoo economics probably pays well.

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poorly designed survey as it's usual in Japan.

If "wage raise" only is specified without an amount, even a company raising the salaries by 1 yen would not be lying declaring to have raised salaries.

Had they been asked "have you raised the salaries by 15'000 yen or more", most of them would have answered "NO". And that wouldn't look good.

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About 93% of Japanese firms raised employee wages in 2022

And what percentage of those wage increases matched inflation increases?

And what about the employees at the 75% of firms that did not provide valid responses to this survey?

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Real wages (wages -inflation) were down 2.5% in September. This is the 16th consecutive negative month.

Currency policy to do everything to create inflation and expecting wages will rise above it is a total failure.

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while companies still using COVID-19 as an excuse.

Indeed. Surprisingly some private hospitals still require old-school covid checks for visiting:

https://www.kyorin-u.ac.jp/hospital/consultation/meeting/

I wonder if this has to do with government dosh?

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The survey, which was carried out for two months through February 2023, targeted 10,000 firms with over 30 employees and received valid responses from 2,530 companies.

Consider the following information here

 There are approximately 3.3 million corporations were operating in Japan. At the same time, there were over two million individual proprietorships in the country.

So based upon a survey, answered by a few over 2,500 companies, the "statistics" are that 93% were forced to raise wages! What a bunch of horse-apples!

I often criticize articles like this, particularly one's that make blanket statements about whatever and yet when one takes the lid off the jar and actually looks inside, it's empty of any content, and in effect meaningless!

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This is a fact the Japan Government takes their people as fools

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My partner's company raised her wages... 10 yen an hour! If she works a ten-hour day that's an extra ¥100, or if she puts in 100 hours it's an extra THOUSAND! Doesn't cover the increased costs of food or gas, but hey.

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Hello Work in Yamato City put a poster up that had smiling characters showing the ¥1 raise they were giving to certain jobs.

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a government-affiliated think tank said Saturday.

And this masthead sees no need to question their self serving agenda? For shame!

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What a load of bs. Hardly any responses of note, NO mention of the percentage of the increases, if they ever existed. I read yesterday that Ford in the USA have agreed a 25% increase for its workers, which is a lot below what they wanted, around 43% I think. But it has not yet been ratified by the union as yet. Ford have lost $1.3 billion and over 80,000 vehicles since the strike began. Ford CEO James Farley received nearly $21 million in total compensation in 2022, a 21% increase.......just wait until he asked for a 25% increase.

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I'm sorry but there is absolutely no validity to a survey like this. 75% of those surveyed didn't respond! That is going to create incredibly biased results. If I had results like that in my own research, I would have to figure out a different testing method because I wouldn't be able to draw any conclusions. Response rates below 50% are generally not acceptable for analysis and reporting.

To say that 93% of companies raised wages based on the results from this survey? Sorry, it's clickbait and completely misleading. We can just as easily assume that all non-responses are 'no increase'. If that is the case, only about 23% of companies actually increased wages.

even with 51% you end up with very low power, which is a worthless statistical test. Honestly the numbers in this survey are a sham.

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Elvis...

Indeed. Surprisingly some private hospitals still require old-school covid checks for visiting:

Kyorin no longer has any covid checks and haven't for some time. Not many going maskless however, but its not compulsory.

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What a misleading article. Do anyone know anyone who has gotten more than a 0.5% raise???

The only labor shortage is occurring in manual labor.

When you move to knowledge jobs, there’s an oversupply of labor and many companies are more concerned that there’s barely any attrition rather than trying to prevent people from leaving.

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My wife got a 20 yen raise last year. Thank you very much m( )m.

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Kyorin no longer has any covid checks and haven't for some time. Not many going maskless however, but its not compulsory.

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we did.25% plus for all staff.

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Kyorin no longer has any covid checks and haven't for some time. Not many going maskless however, but its not compulsory.

While technically there are no "covid" checks, they still are checking temperatures, and face masks are compulsory as well in countless numbers of hospitals.

In fact if you dont wear one, there are hospitals that wont see you!

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So, 93% of ‘all’ firms in Japan did NOT raise wages.

Rather misleading title as per usual.

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some of them suffered an economic slump amid the COVID-19 pandemic that began in 2020.

JGovt can print money as they like but not companies, while companies still using COVID-19 as an excuse.

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