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Wages in Japan Down for 5th Straight Month

Wages in Japan Down for 5th Straight Month

   Tokyo, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--Nominal wages in Japan in August fell 1.3 pct from a year before to 273,263 yen on average, down for the fifth straight month, the labor ministry said Friday.
   Nonregular pay declined sharply as companies reduced overtime amid the coronavirus crisis.
   Of the total wages, regular pay edged down 0.1 pct to 244,547 yen, and nonregular pay, including overtime, declined 14.0 pct to 16,617 yen, the ministry said in a preliminary report.
   The pace of decline in nonregular pay slowed after a 26.3 pct fall in May, approaching the April level of 12.8 pct.
   Monthly work hours per person dropped 5.0 pct to 129 hours, against a 2.7 pct fall in July, apparently because many people took longer summer breaks.

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