Japanese wages rise slightly in September

Workers in Japan earned slightly more in September than they did in the same month a year ago. But they still made less than before the pandemic began.

Labor ministry data show average cash earnings came to 270,019 yen per month, or just under 2,400 dollars. That includes basic salaries and overtime.

The figure was up 0.2 percent from September last year, and marks the seventh straight month of increase. Overtime and other extra pay rose 4.4 percent.

Workers in lifestyle and entertainment-related services earned 15.3 percent more in overtime and other extra pay. But those at hotels and restaurants made 30.9 percent less.
Ministry officials said they are closely watching how wages recover after the state of emergency was lifted at the end of September.