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Japan Auto Industry Faces More Labor Unions Seeking Higher Wages

Most Japanese auto-related companies are facing union demands for higher pay as a weaker yen boosts profits at manufacturers led by Toyota Motor Corp.

More than 900 auto-industry unions have requested or are expected to ask for increases in base salaries, the most since 2008, according to Tamayo Tomita, a Japan Confederation of Automobile Workers’ Unions official. The average salary increase sought is about 1.3 percent, or 3,087 yen ($30) a month, while the average bonus request is 4.73 months’ worth of salary, according to a statement from the confederation yesterday.