The summer bonus to be paid by 113 major companies will come to 877,191 yen on a weighted average basis, the second-highest amount since records started to be kept in 1959, the Japan Business Federation said Thursday.

The federation, known as Nippon Keidanren, unveiled the figure after the first of a series of summer bonus surveys it annually conducts.

In the previous year, the average bonus amount shown in the first survey was 889,834 yen, the highest on record.

Manufacturers among the 113 will pay an average 896,000 yen, whereas nonmanufacturers, including electric utilities and telecommunications services providers, will pay an average 828,000 yen.

Bonus amounts at manufacturers, whose recovery has been conspicuous, will have eclipsed those at nonmanufacturers this summer for the second consecutive year, a Nippon Keidanren official said.

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