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Seven-Eleven Japan failed to pay 490m yen in overtime pay

Wrong formula blamed for shorting wages, perhaps since the 1970s

About 30,000 7-Eleven employees across Japan have been underpaid for their overtime work since 2012.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Seven-Eleven Japan has long been underpaying overtime wages to part-time workers at its convenience store franchises, it was learned on Tuesday.

The retailer was found by a labor watchdog to have been using the wrong formula to calculate the pay as specified by the Labor Standards Act. Seven-Eleven now believes the practice may have been going on since the 1970s, when the franchise was established.

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