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Japan agency calls for highest pay rise for civil servants in 26 years

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Wages are so bad in Japan, it has no business being a member of the G7.

-8 ( +33 / -41 )

@David Brent agreed !

-17 ( +19 / -36 )

A good move. In a country where consumption makes up more than 60 percent of the GDP, increasing civil servants’ salaries will stimulate the economy.

-12 ( +6 / -18 )

¥3,879/month. Go to town with that.

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The personnel authority recommended a more generous raise for younger employees by increasing starting salaries by over 10,000 yen per month for the first time in 33 years to attract more young talent to government jobs.

That 10 thousands surely will make young talent choose government sector despite all paper and bureaucratic things that happens inside that includes multiple hankos.

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3,869 yen, the highest increase in 26 years.

Just pathetic. At least the cost of living has stayed generally low.

-3 ( +12 / -15 )

The cost of living in Japan has gone up markedly!

-3 ( +15 / -18 )

If only they would do something useful to justify it.

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The authority also said starting monthly salaries should be raised by 12,000 yen for high school graduates and 11,000 yen for university graduates.

what kind of logic is that?

“did they graduate college or

high school?”

“college”

“give them LESS…….”

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WRONG and UNFAIR, they are already OVER PAID for the amount of work they do when you add up their BONUSES and their PENSIONS. If an when the average salary of the private sector salary men and women reach their levels then I am all for this rise, until then things should stay as is.

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Mark, totally agree! They are way overpaid for what they do. And how come a civil servant gets a BONUS???? What is this, profit sharing? Also the work force could be halved if they were doing something useful. Mostly what they are involved in is "busy work." Meetings, writing useless reports, writing memos to each other. I know because I've had to work with them. They have far too much time on their hands.

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 If an when the average salary of the private sector salary men and women reach their levels then I am all for this rise,

Why? The worst and most incompetent service I've receive in Japan is always from the private sector. The best is nearly always from government offices. My commercial bank takes months to conduct procedures that take a day or two in other countries. My ward office, by contrast, issues important documents in minutes for a couple of hundred yen that would take hours in other countries and cost 10 times more.

If anyone deserves a raise in Japan, it's civil servants.

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"Serve the (Deep) State" over "Serve the People" (who can always eat cake).

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Woo! Hoo! A whopping 40 bucks a month (ten bucks a week). It's time to party! Wages have not increased in Japan in 26 years right across the board in every industry. In most cases wages have decreased. I went to Japan in 2001 and the monthly salary for a public school ALT was ¥250,000 per month with salary for the vacation periods. Now, over twenty years later a few companies are still paying ¥250,000 a month with a reduced stipend payment for the holiday periods. However, many are now only paying an hourly rate of ¥5,000 with no salary at all for the vacation periods and public holidays, which amounts to around ¥180,000 a month and ¥1.5-¥2 million a year. I taught in. mostly private high schools. My first position in 2006 was ¥380,000 per month with full salary for the vacation periods. My final position in 2019 was ¥300,000 per month. In two decades salaries have decreased by around 20% and the cost of living has increased by around 20%, making it a 40% reduction in salaries over the last two decades. Japan is a great place to visit but don't expect to make a living there.

-5 ( +17 / -22 )

Shuffling papers around and stamping documents warrant a pay rise?

-14 ( +17 / -31 )

Don’t forget to add fax machine attendant to their duties…. That certainly warrants a pay rise in 2023.

-11 ( +17 / -28 )

Wow a whole 3000 something yen a month. Don’t spend it all in one place!

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It additionally suggested legal amendments to allow four-day work weeks from April 2025 provided productivity is not affected and employees work longer on other days to make up the total hours. This system is currently limited to employees with commitments such as child care or caregiving.

I don't understand, so if one were to choose to work 4 days a week, they would need to work 10 hours + 1 hour lunch break on other days to make up for their "lost time"? No thanks, won't be able to get enough sleep on those days and the extra day off would end up being a chore day since laundry would pile up.

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People need to start imvesting yesterday.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

You pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

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6,731,000 vs how much in the private sector? Seems a pretty good salary to me for what they do.

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The average annual salary of government administrative positions, with workers aged 42.4 on average, will increase by 105,000 yen to 6,731,000 yen.

That isn't a lot of money in 2023. Japan is like an 80s theme park. Nothing has really changed in the past 40 years.

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

Take home on 6.7 mil a year is only about 450k a month.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Less than 1%? I thought that must be a typo but no. Will they settle for .5% or .6%?

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Wow, respect, one would need to have quite some courage to officially come up with a percentage number that has a zero before the decimal point. lol

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Oh, really. Then It should be no problem at all for anyone who speaks decent English to get any English teaching job at any Japanese university or private high school, right?

It’s so easy to get hired. I know a guy whose job title is Professor of English at a national university. It’s a total joke. Nothing “professor” about him. They just gave him that title because he’s been there longer than other fresh off the boat “teachers”.

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

I wish they'd increase the pay of healthcare workers/nurses/medics, etc.

They deserve it.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

The red stampers need more money. It’s exhausting work running around the office looking for a specific piece of recycled paper and then chasing up three red stamps for it.

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be raised by an average 0.96 percent, or 3,869 yen, in fiscal 2023

at first I thought this was per hour. For me, my partner and dog it is ¥3500 a day for food. Petrol changed from ¥160 to ¥174.

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In Tokyo, being a civil servant is one of the least attractive jobs, and they have few applicants as the pay is crap for Tokyo.

But on the other hand, places like Okinawa have innumerable technical colleges that are dedicated to "teaching" young adults how to get these "komuin" positions, because out here in the sicks, that's the way to job security.

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It’s so easy to get hired. I know a guy whose job title is Professor of English at a national university. It’s a total joke. Nothing “professor” about him. They just gave him that title because he’s been there longer than other fresh off the boat “teachers”.

Probably only gave him the title in English, because there is no way any reputable Japanese university is going to officially give someone the title 教授kyoju with them having actually earning it.

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In the Article just above this on JT:

Japan's real wages fall in June for 15th month under inflation

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In the Article just above this on JT:

Japan's real wages fall in June for 15th month under inflation

26 years is a bit longer than 15 months innit?

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Is 6,731,000 yen with bonus or without ?

Thanks for reply for anyone who knows.

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> Jonathan PrinAug. 11  01:49 am JST

Is 6,731,000 yen with bonus or without ?

That includes the bonus. And before, insurances, taxes, all sorts of deductions.

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