Almost 35 percent of the All Japan newsese employees working at private firms worry about losing their job, according to a survey by a think tank showed on Monday.
The Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards conducted the survey over the Internet in early April, with 2,000 workers in their 20s to early 60s living in the Tokyo metropolitan area and the Kansai region around Osaka responding.
Only 18.9 of the interviewed ones think their salaries will grow next year, according to Kyodo news agency.
Almost 27 percent said their wages decreased compared to 2012, exceeding 22.6 percent who reported an increase.
“The number of those who think the economy will turn around is increasing, but workers cannot actually feel the recovery,” said an official at the think tank, an affiliate of the All Japan newsese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo.
“Many workers, particularly those at small companies and nonregular employees, still worry about unemployment,” the official said.
The household finances decreased during the past year for 30.4 percent of the respondents, while 23.9 percent said their household assets worth less than Y1 million.