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Lawmakers, civil servants face salary cuts

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Lawmakers' salaries are set to be cut by at least 7.8% a month under legislation to be submitted by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to the current Diet session. The average monthly salary of Diet members is 1.3 million yen.

Civil servants will also get a pay cut which has been factored into a bill calling for a 7.8% reduction in public servants' salaries through March 2014.

The legislation is part of a pledge that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made in the Diet last October. In November, he, his cabinet ministers, senior vice ministers and parliamentary secretaries took a salary cut of up to 30% until the end of March to show solidarity with cost-cutting efforts and help raise funds to finance reconstruction in the disaster-hit Tohoku region.

Noda's monthly salary is currently 1,442,000 yen, while cabinet ministers' salaries are 1,202,400 yen.

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only in Japan ( probably). Good, cut taxes also :)

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cut taxes for the workers, cut working hours, cut bonuses for these guys, cut amakudari, open up companies` records, open up government/company/bureacratic spending and then maybe the country can be saved.

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this is really only scratching the surface when it comes to the cuts that need to be made to bring the deficit down, but at least it is a start....

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Jesus, they make about 1/3 of my yearly salary in a month. Off with their heads!

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I'm effectively a civil servant and approve though our (I say our but I am not a member) union does not. The problem will be for those that do not get nearly as much salary as Noda. And there seems to be great differences in efficiency. It seems that many folks at the business end of the civil service, that actually perform the work that people want done, are quite efficient at times. E.g. the people that collect refuse in my town run from dustbin dustbin. These people will get cut too I presume.

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Perhaps polititions should be paid what they are worth with deductions for gaffs

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I am not a civil servant but our university will implement the 7.8% pay cut anyway. We already had other pay cuts over the past few years (apart from the university president and his cronies, of course) so I feel this is too much. I like the job I have, but now I feel that if I could find a similar one elsewhere I would take it. The university claims to aspire to be a "world leading university", yet their behaviour is very different.

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Workers on the American bases will get their pay cut as well. Destructive deflation marches onward!

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"In November, Noda, his cabinet ministers, senior vice ministers and parliamentary secretaries took a salary cut of up to 30% until the end of March to show solidarity with cost-cutting efforts and help raise funds to finance reconstruction in the disaster-hit Tohoku region."

What a bunch of heroes! A whole 5 months of 700,000-plus salaries. Oh, the horror! This "act of solidarity" for reconstruction of the Tohoku area would be like every politician showing solidarity with the fire department by peeing on a burning building.

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This "act of solidarity" for reconstruction of the Tohoku area would be like every politician showing solidarity with the fire department by peeing on a burning building.

haha well said sam .

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Nice one Sam. By the way, if you do that to a govt. building in America, it is a federal offense.

How and what kind of health insurance do these civil servants have?

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How and what kind of health insurance do these civil servants have?

The cradle to grave kind, I presume.

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Health care is different in Japan. It is available for all legal residents and is obtained at the city office. It is required to participate in the program.

Most base employees make between 100k to 300 k yen per month before deductions. Not bad money but not really good money. Will go down to 92.2 to 276.6 and you know their expenses or taxes are not going down. The differences between the pampered Americans and poor Okinawa people is growing. The Americans have free housing, free utilities except phone. Subsidized places to buy food and clothing. Subsidized places to go out to eat, etc.

Once again the government cuts the money supply and expects growth. baka!

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It is required to participate in the program.

Small Correction there.

The Law states that you MUST have Medical and Pension coverage may it be private organisation, through your companies schemes or through the government scheme.

Most people I know get their coverage via their companies and aren't using the government ones.

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1,300,000円 for an avg PER MONTH!?

That's ridiculous given how incompetent they are.

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No worries for these people, they'll still get their summer and winter bonuses and all the other perks.

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The President of the USA makes 2.5 million yen a month. Also again most civil servants make much less. Some make more than others. The average worker makes to to 20 percent of the salary of the top end. In comparison how much does the President of TEPCO make?

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