TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan's April inflation-adjusted real wages fell at their fastest pace since December, government data showed on Tuesday, fanning fears about the outlook for consumer sentiment after the economy took a hit from the new coronavirus outbreak.
The world's third-largest economy slipped into recession -- marked by two quarters of negative growth - in the March quarter after the pandemic hurt demand at home and abroad.
Real wages, a gauge of household purchasing power, fell 0.7% in April from a year earlier, labour ministry data showed, dropping for the second straight month.
The monthly wage data showed nominal total cash earnings dropped 0.6% in the year to April, seeing their largest fall since July last year.
One-off special payments advanced 10.6% in April after an upwardly revised 0.5% gain in March. Regular pay -- or base salary, which makes up most of total cash earnings -- was flat, the data showed.
Overtime pay, a barometer of strength in corporate activity, slumped 12.2% in April from a year earlier, down for an eight straight month.