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Japan Nominal Wages Down for 1st Time in 6 Yrs

Japan Nominal Wages Down for 1st Time in 6 Yrs

   Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)--Average monthly nominal wages in Japan in 2019 fell 0.3 Pct from the previous year to 322,689 yen, down for the first time in six years, the labor ministry said in a preliminary report on Friday.
   The decline reflected an increase in the number of part-time workers, whose pay levels are relatively low.
   The inflation-adjusted real wage index fell 0.9 pct, following a rise in 2018.
   Full-time workers saw their nominal monthly pay grow 0.3 pct to 425,288 yen.
   With an increase in the number of women and elderly people working part-time, the proportion of part-time workers came to 31.53 pct of all workers, up 0.65 percentage point.

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