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Japan’s average overtime pay for May dropped 25.8 percent from a year earlier to ¥14,601 ($136) amid the coronavirus pandemic, marking the sharpest fall since comparable data first became available in 2013, the labor ministry said Tuesday.

Reflecting business suspensions under the state of emergency, which remained in effect for almost the whole of the reporting month, overtime hours also fell 29.7 percent on average, the ministry’s preliminary data on monthly wages showed.

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