Japan real wages down for 1st time in 4 months
Jiji -- Oct 06
Japan's inflation-adjusted real wage index in August fell 0.6 pct from a year earlier, down for the first time in four months, the labor ministry said Friday.

The decline reflected a 1.5 pct rise in the consumer price index excluding imputed rents due mainly to gasoline price hikes, according to the ministry.

The average total monthly pay grew 0.9 pct to 276,366 yen, up for the 13th consecutive month, the ministry said in a preliminary report.

Regular pay rose 1.4 pct to 243,809 yen, while special pay, including bonuses, dropped 7.4 pct to 13,388 yen.

Nonregular pay, such as overtime, climbed 1.0 pct to 19,169 yen.

News source: Jiji
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