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Japan: Govt. advisory panel agrees to raise minimum wage

"Japan Panel Agrees on Record 28-Yen Minimum Wage Hike" 14 July 2021

A Japanese government advisory panel Wednesday agreed to propose raising the country's average minimum hourly wages for fiscal 2021 by a record 28 yen, or 3.1 pct, from the previous year.

The proposal would raise mandatory minimum hourly wages to 930 yen on average for the fiscal year, which started in April.

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If the proposal is fully implemented, minimum wages in Akita, Tottori and five other prefectures, currently at the lowest level in the country, would rise to 820 yen. This means that minimum wages would be above 800 yen across the country for the first time.