Japan's Average Minimum Hourly Wage to Rise to 901 Yen
Tokyo, July 31 (Jiji Press)--A subcommittee of a Japanese labor ministry panel on Wednesday decided to suggest raising minimum wages across the country in fiscal 2019 by 27 yen from the previous year to an average of 901 yen per hour.
The proposal marks the second consecutive year of record-high increase, eclipsing the fiscal 2018 hike of 26 yen. It will also be the first time for the national average to exceed the 900-yen mark.
The Central Minimum Wages Council will present the proposal to labor minister Takumi Nemoto on Wednesday afternoon.
Based on the recommendation, relevant panels of the country's 47 prefectures are expected to decide their respective minimum wage levels as early as August for application from around October.
According to the new wage standard set by the subcommittee of the council, Tokyo would see the highest floor wage, at 1,013 yen per hour, followed by neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture, at 1,011 yen. It will be the first time for the minimum hourly wage to exceed 1,000 yen in any prefecture.
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