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Major companies in Japan are set to pay record-high winter bonuses for the second straight year, the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, said Thursday.

Bonuses agreed in labor-management wage negotiations for this winter averaged ¥964,543, showing a rise of 1.49 percent from the previous year’s winter and topping ¥900,000 for the fifth consecutive year, according to the first-round Keidanren tally, which covered about one-third of its member companies.

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