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The average hourly wage of female part-time workers was 67 percent that of female full-time workers in 2000, according to statistics compiled by the labor ministry. Female part-time workers earn an average of 889 yen per hour, while their full-time counterparts make 1,329 yen excluding bonuses and other allowances, according to the statistics released Tuesday.

The figures also suggest the gap has widened in recent years.

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