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An increasing number of major companies are linking their bonuses to earnings, which have been lifted by the weaker yen.

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An official at the Japan Business Federation, on why average summer bonuses are expected to reach their highest in 7 years. (NHK)

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Ah bonuses. They seem to exist just to keep hourly pay low so that companies can get cheap overtime labor.

I've never heard of anyone on an hourly salary getting bonuses. They are for people on yearly salaries (年収).

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Ah bonuses. They seem to exist just to keep hourly pay low so that companies can get cheap overtime labor.

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When will people learn here that the bonus system ISNT a bonus but a way to control wages. If the company has a good year they toss a bit extra come july or December BUT your salary DOESNT increase. If the company is doing poor they can CUT your wages without even having to ask.

The primary objective of any company is to make more money, though. It seems synergistic to have both executives and salarymen on the same page.

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Yeah, it would only be a bonus if it weren't counted as part of your yearly salary. When yearly salaries are listed in this country, they include the 'bonus', which as GW pointed out, can be cut at the whim of the company. It's not a real bonus.

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When will people learn here that the bonus system ISNT a bonus but a way to control wages. If the company has a good year they toss a bit extra come july or December BUT your salary DOESNT increase. If the company is doing poor they can CUT your wages without even having to ask.

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Any numbers?

Will it beat the 3% tax increase and the inflation from the costs of importing? nah...

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