Under new government requirements, aimed at boosting corporate openness, Japanese listed companies now have to disclose the pay of executives who received 100 million yen ($1 million) or more as part of their year-end of financial year AGMs. In FY2010 the highest salary in Japan went to Brazilian-born Frenchman Carlos Ghosn, President of Nissan Motor Co. His take home? A cool 890 million yen.
Closely behind in number 2 was another foreigner, British-born American, Sir Howard Stringer. Number 4 on the list was Alan MacKenzie of Takeda Pharmaceutical, himself pulling in 553 million yen. Dai Nippon Printing Co. President Yoshitoshi Kitajima ranked third, the highest among Japanese executives, receiving 787 million yen in the last year.
For those a little further down the payment structure, Nesyu Labor reports the average salary in Japan as 4.3million yen (or roughly $49,000) per year. They list the highest paid professionals in Japan as pilots, doctors and university professors – each earning over 10 million yen per year with the lowest being shop assistant and service industry staff.