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Monthly wages for workers rose 0.5 percent in 2010 for the first rise in four years, buoyed by increases in overtime payments, the labor ministry said Tuesday.

The average worker earned ¥317,092 per month over the course of the year, with overtime pay expanding 9.1 percent to ¥18,186. Bonuses and other special payments increased 1.5 percent to ¥53,808, according to preliminary data on companies with at least five employees.

Workers on average clocked 10 hours overtime a month, up 8.9 percent. In the manufacturing sector, overtime rose a sharp 32.3 percent to 13.9 hours.

Base wages, however, dropped 0.2 percent to ¥245,098. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said the decline was attributed to an increase in part-time workers.

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