Winter bonus for public servants remains lowest in decade

Japan's national public servants received their winter bonuses Tuesday, with the average amount remaining close to the lowest level since fiscal 2003.

The bonuses for nonmanagerial positions were equivalent to 1.8 months of salary, unchanged from last year. The amount averaged 571,800 yen, up 6,500 yen from the previous year.

National public servants in all positions have had special pay cuts since fiscal 2012 to finance the reconstruction of areas hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The bonus payment is expected to increase next year upon the expiry of the pay cut period.

The president of the House of Councillors and the speaker of the House of Representatives received 3.9 million yen, the highest among special public positions.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Supreme Court Chief Justice Hironobu Takesaki followed with 3.71 million yen, while Cabinet members and Diet members receiving 3.09 million yen and 2.33 million yen each respectively.