May 24, 2018 / 11:02 PM / 4 months ago

POLL-More Japan firms raising prices; little change in harassment policies

    TOKYO, May 25 (Reuters) - More Japanese firms are raising prices as they grapple with a jump in costs,
although a slim majority is still reluctant, a Reuters poll found.
    The poll also showed that three-quarters of companies have made no changes to sexual harassment policies
over the last year and don't plan to do so, though awareness of harassment is on the rise.
    Below are the questions and answers to a poll conducted Nikkei Research between May 9-21 for Reuters.
Answers are denoted in percentage points, while the poll and reply totals are represented in actual figures.

1. Have you strengthened policies against sexual harassment over the past year?
 Sectors               Yes          No       Polled      Replied
 All                        22          78         541         232
 Manufacturers              17          83         265         121
 Non-Manufacturers          27          73         276         111
 2. Have you received complaints about sexual harassment from employees over the past year? (Pick one)
 Sectors               Yes          No      Don't know    Polled     Replied
 All                        14          60          26         541         228
 Manufacturers              10          61          29         265         118
 Non-Manufacturers          19          58          23         276         110
 2a. How many complaints about sexual harassment have you received from employees over the past year?
 Sectors              1 to 3      4 to 6     7 to 9     10 or more   Average      Polled     Replied
 All                        89           5           0           5        2.4          541          19
 Manufacturers              89           0           0          11        3.3          265           9
 Non-Manufacturers          90          10           0           0        1.6          276          10
 2b. Have you responded to any of the complaints?
 Sectors               Yes          No        Polled     Replied
 All                        93           7         541          29
 Manufacturers             100           0         265          11
 Non-Manufacturers          89          11         276          18
 2c. How many complaints about sexual harassment have you responded to?
 Sectors              1 to 3      4 to 6      7 to 9    10 or more   Average      Polled     Replied
 All                       100           0           0           0        1.2          541          17
 Manufacturers             100           0           0           0        1.0          265           8
 Non-Manufacturers         100           0           0           0        1.4          276           9
 3. Are you considering strengthening policies against sexual harassment in the future? 
 Sectors                Yes          No        Polled     Replied
 All                         23          77         541         230
 Manufacturers               17          83         265         118
 Non-Manufacturers           29          71         276         112
 4. Has your corporate culture or awareness towards sexual harassment changed over the past year? (Pick one)
 Sectors                 Yes,      Yes, to a   Not really    Polled     Replied
                     considerably    degree                            
 All                            7          39          54         541         231
 Manufacturers                  6          37          57         265         119
 Non-Manufacturers              8          42          50         276         112
 5a. Have you reviewed or do you plan to review prices of your main products and services in the current
business year? (Pick one)
 Sectors            Have raised or   Have cut or     Unchanged       Polled     Replied
                    plan to raise    plan to cut                               
 All                            45              4              50         541         231
 Manufacturers                  50              4              45         265         121
 Non-Manufacturers              40              5              55         276         110
 5b. What is the main factor for determining your decision on prices? (Pick one)
 Sectors            Raw materials    Labour    Distribution     Demand      Others      Polled     Replied
                        cost          cost         cost                                           
 All                           36           6              8          37          14         541         219
 Manufacturers                 50           1              7          27          16         265         113
 Non-Manufacturers             21          12              8          47          11         276         106
 5c. For those who have raised prices, what was the main reason for the decision? (Pick one)
 Sectors            Raw materials    Labour    Distribution    Demand      Others      Polled     Replied
                        cost          cost         cost                                          
 All                           65          10            14           9           3         541         105
 Manufacturers                 82           2            11           3           2         265          61
 Non-Manufacturers             41          20            18          16           5         276          44
 5d. For those who have cut prices, what was the main reason for the decision? (Pick one) 
 Sectors            Raw materials    Labour    Distribution     Demand      Others      Polled     Replied
                        cost          cost         cost                                           
 All                           20           0              0          60          20         541          10
 Manufacturers                 40           0              0          40          20         265           5
 Non-Manufacturers              0           0              0          80          20         276           5
 6a. Has the China-U.S. trade friction affected your business?
 Sectors               Yes          No        Polled     Replied
 All                         3          97         541         228
 Manufacturers               6          94         265         117
 Non-Manufacturers           0         100         276         111
 6b. Has trade protectionism around the world affected your business?
 Sectors               Yes          No        Polled     Replied
 All                         4          96         541         229
 Manufacturers               7          93         265         117
 Non-Manufacturers           2          98         276         112
 
 (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto and Izumi Nakagawa; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
  
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