The labor ministry has revised downward the January average monthly wage at domestic firms, including overtime pay, to 275,934 yen, a fall of 0.2 percent from a year earlier.

In a preliminary report released earlier this month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said the average wage rose 0.2 percent in January to 277,003 yen, marking a first rise in 25 months.

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