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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called for pay hikes through negotiations between management and labor unions next spring, making such a request for the fifth straight year in a bid to inject fresh momentum into wage growth.

“I hope to see wages raised by 3 percent in next spring’s wage talks,” Abe said at a government panel meeting at his office. It’s rare for the prime minister to refer to a specific number on the matter.

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