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A government panel proposed Wednesday that the average hourly minimum wage in Japan should be raised to ¥901 ($8.30) in fiscal 2019, exceeding ¥900 for the first time ever, as the consumption tax will be increased in October.

In its guideline on minimum wages, the labor ministry’s advisory panel said the average wage needs to be raised by ¥27 from the previous year — the largest increase since fiscal 2002, when it started using an hourly wage to propose a rough target for increases.

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