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The government said Friday that it will not give state employees a pay raise this fiscal year, the second straight year there has been no increase, government officials said. The government instead will issue lump-sum payments to state workers to narrow the gap between public- and private-sector salaries.

But Japan’s long-slumping economy has even cut the salary gap to a record low of 0.08 percent, or 310 yen, per month. State employees will receive a lump-sum payment of 3,756 yen for 12 months in March regardless of age.

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