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Sensor maker Keyence ranks as Japan's top-paying employer at $160,000

Trading houses also place high in average salary while leisure sector languishes

Keyence, headquartered in Osaka, distributes a portion of its operating profit to employees through a special payout four times a year.

TOKYO -- Keyence, a top maker of automation sensors and machine vision systems, was Japan's top-paying company in the fiscal year ended March, Nikkei has found, as profitable corporations continue to amply reward employees despite a pandemic-induced economic chill.

Keyence's roughly 2,600 employees received on average 17.51 million yen ($160,000) for the year. Nikkei ranked the 355 components of the Nikkei 500 Stock Average that employ 100 or more people, based on pay data from their securities reports for fiscal 2020.

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