Japan – Government plans to lift minimum wage amid severe labour shortage (Nikkei Asian Review)

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Japan is planning to raise its minimum wage benchmark as a labour ministry panel will recommend that the national average minimum hourly wage should be lifted to JPY 874 (USD 7.89), a record increase of JPY 26 (0.23) or approximately 3%, reports Nikkei Asian Review. Individual regions will adjust their own minimum wages based on the benchmark, with the changes to take effect in October. The increase will be the third straight year that Japan has raised the minimum wage and it comes as the country is in the midst of a severe labour shortage. Japan has also recently announced plans to bring in more foreign workers to help tackle its labour shortage.

Source: http://www2.staffingindustry.com/row/Editorial/Daily-News/Japan-Government-plans-to-lift-minimum-wage-amid-severe-labour-shortage-Nikkei-Asian-Review-46846

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