Monthly wages went up 4,163 yen per worker on a weighted average in 2001, the smallest yearly rise on record since 1980, according to a government survey released Tuesday.

The figure spells an increase of 1.5 percent over the previous year, matching the smallest percentage rise, set last year, since the government began compiling weighted-average data in 1980.

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