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Japan's listed companies double shareholder returns over 5 years

Wages fall as share of corporate profits despite war for talent

Tokyo stock exchange
Shareholder returns in Japan are rising, fueled by higher dividends and share buybacks paid for out of solid corporate profits.

TOKYO -- Total shareholder returns, including dividends and share buybacks, for Japan's listed companies are expected to top 15 trillion yen ($137.9 billion) in fiscal 2018, through March this year, setting a record and doubling from the figure from five years earlier.

The increase reflects the trend among Japanese companies to reward shareholders more generously, supported by solid earnings.

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