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Business trends

Higher wages prod Japanese stores and restaurants to raise efficiency

Hourly pay hit record in October as personnel shortage exacted toll

A part-time worker at a ramen shop in Tokyo.
A part-time worker at a ramen shop in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Businesses in Japan are paying part-timers better in hopes of hanging on to scarce labor, all while having to devise ways to cope with rising costs.

Average hourly wages in the metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya hit a record 1,047 yen ($9.25) this October, up 2.6% on the year, shows data released Thursday by Recruit Holdings group member Recruit Jobs.

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