Japan- Minimum Wages Increased by 40 Prefectures to A National Average of 902 Yen

The minimum wages for 47 prefectures in fiscal 2020 were released on the 21st. Due to the economic downturn caused by the spread of the new coronavirus, the country had forgotten to present a guideline for raising the price, but 40 prefectures will raise 1 to 3 yen. Hokkaido, Tokyo, Hiroshima, etc. are left unchanged. The nationwide weighted average hourly wage will increase by 1 yen to 902 yen.

The minimum wage is the minimum hourly wage that a company must pay to its employees. Annual discussions are held in each prefecture based on the guidelines given by the MHLW council to determine the actual amount of increase.

To reduce the gap in minimum wages with urban areas, all prefectures in Tohoku, Hokuriku, Shikoku and Kyushu have raised. In addition to Tokyo, the deferment was noticeable in urban areas such as Kyoto and Osaka.

The highest amount in FY2008 is 1013 yen in Tokyo, and the lowest is 792 yen in Akita and Tottori prefectures. The difference was 221 yen, which was 2 yen less than in FY2019. The new minimum wage will be applied locally by early October.

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The minimum wages for 47 prefectures in fiscal 2020 were released on the 21st. Due to the economic downturn caused by the spread of the new coronavirus, the country had forgotten to present a guideline for raising the price.

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