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Minimum Wages Law (Japan)

Minimum Wages Law (Law No. 137 of 15 April 1959)

Pay must generally be provided in full, in cash, and paid directly to the employee on or by a specified day of the month (as per the contract).

Cash payments are usually made by electronic funds transfer. The maximum pay period is one month, which is the standard pay period throughout Japan, although bonuses and other supplemental payments such as commuter allowance may be paid at longer intervals.

Salaries at Japanese companies are based on seniority, and are adjusted for the needs of employees, such as if they have a family and children. Companies also generally reimburse for public transportation.

Minimum Wage Increased in Japan from 01 October 2022 – September 19, 2022. The minimum wages have been revised in Japan from 01 October 2022. The minimum wage has increased in Tokyo from ¥1,041.00 to ¥1,072.00 per hour. Note: This minimum wage increase might not reflect the inflationary trends.

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