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Japan's real wages mark first rise in 11 months

Overtime hours rose for 11th consecutive month

Kyodo

Japan’s real, or inflation-adjusted average wages, grew 0.1 percent in November from a year earlier for the first rise in 11 months, on the back of a continued increase in overall wages, the labor ministry said Tuesday.

Average total cash earnings per worker, including base and overtime pay, was up 0.9 percent from a year before to ¥278,173 (about $2,500), marking the fourth consecutive monthly rise, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said in a preliminary report.

Average base pay and other scheduled wages climbed 0.4 percent, up for the eighth straight month, while unscheduled wages, including overtime pay, gained 2.6 percent.

Overtime hours rose for the 11th consecutive month in the reporting period and the proportion of part-time workers declined for the first time in two months to 30.7 percent.