Workers in Japan saw their real wages increase for the first time in five years in 2016, a government report revealed on Monday.
According to the preliminary report by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, the price-adjusted per-worker real wage rose 0.7 pct from the previous year.
The real wage posted the sharpest growth since 2010, when it rose 1.3 pct, chiefly thanks to rises in nominal salaries, the ministry said, adding that drops in consumer prices also contributed to the real wage upturn.
The labor survey report showed that the average total amount of cash paid monthly to workers, including regular salaries, overtime pay and bonuses, at business footholds each with five or more employees increased 0.5 pct from 2015 to 315,372 yen, extending its rising steak to a third year.
"The monthly wage rise can largely be attributed to pay-scale hikes by a number of companies through 'shunto' annual wage negotiations with labor unions last spring," said an official at the ministry's employment, wage and labor welfare statistics office.
The Japanese government is planning to reduce penalties for those who plot serious crimes like terrorism but turn themselves in before actually committing them under a contentious anti-conspiracy bill it is preparing, sources close to the matter said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday sought to deny allegations that he is linked to an Osaka-based ultranationalist kindergarten as the public outcry over the operator and its alleged efforts to indoctrinate children with xenophobia and pre-war militarism grows. (Japan Times)
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