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Wage hikes gain momentum in Japan, from factories to pubs

Toyota doubles sign-on bonus as reopening economy worsens labor crunch

A Filipino trainee works on a Mitsubishi Fuso truck in Japan. (Photo by Shihoko Nakaoka)

TOKYO -- More Japanese companies are offering higher pay as industries from auto manufacturing to restaurants scramble for workers in an economy that is trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even before the pandemic, Toyota Motor had struggled to find temporary workers willing to work late-night shifts. Now, Japan's top car company has decided to double its sign-on bonus to 200,000 yen ($1,740) to sweeten the deal.

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