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Spike in wage pressure to hit Japan where it hurts

A part-time worker at a supermarket in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- A confluence of economic and policy forces is expected to boost part-time wages sharply in Japan this autumn, forcing employers to confront the prospect of paying at least 1,000 yen ($9.68) an hour for such help -- if they can find it.

An expanded contribution requirement for social insurance and the largest-ever increase in the average minimum wage both take effect in October, when wages typically rise in tandem with demand for part-time workers ahead of the year-end holiday season.

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