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Japan Increases Prefecture Minimum Wages

Oct. 4, 2021, 8:27 PM

Every Japanese prefecture will have an hourly minimum wage over 800 yen (U.S. $7.21) for the first time beginning in October, according to a minimum wage chart (Japanese) released by the country’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.

Most of the minimum wage increases for the 47 prefectures took effect Oct. 1, with the remaining 16 prefectures raising their hourly minimum wages within the first week of October.

Tokyo’s hourly minimum wage is the highest in Japan at 1,041 yen, effective Oct. 1. Kochi and Okinawa will have the lowest hourly minimum wage in the country at 820 yen, effective ...