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Japan electronics makers, unions unite behind work reform

Eyeing 1,000 yen increase in monthly base pay

TOKYO -- Japan's electronics industry union and major manufacturers have prepared their first joint statement on work reform, pledging industrywide efforts to combat overwork.

The Japanese Electrical Electronic & Information Union and five companies including Hitachi will release the statement as part of 2017 labor negotiations Saturday. A joint declaration was last released in 2009, when the focus was on maintaining stable employment in the wake of the financial crisis. The electronics industry is a leading force in annual wage talks on a par with the auto industry, and discussion of reforms to working life could inspire similar efforts in other fields.

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