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Wages in Japan Log Biggest Rise since Nov. 2018

Wages in Japan Log Biggest Rise since Nov. 2018

   Tokyo, June 8 (Jiji Press)--Nominal wages in Japan in April rose 1.6 pct from a year before to 279,135 yen on average, the largest monthly gain since November 2018, the labor ministry said in a preliminary report on Tuesday.
   Wages increased for the second consecutive month in reaction to the slowdown of business activity a year earlier, when the country's first ever coronavirus state of emergency was declared.
   Of the total nominal wages, overtime and other nonregular pay jumped 6.4 pct, the largest increase since comparable records began in January 2013.
   "Nonregular pay has yet to recover to levels marked two years ago," or before the coronavirus crisis, a ministry official said. "The effects of the ongoing state of emergency are expected for May."
   Regular pay including basic salary climbed 0.9 pct. For part-time workers, regular pay jumped 4.9 pct after their working hours were reduced a year earlier following the coronavirus outbreak.

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