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Japan's gender wage gap persists despite progress

Women earn 73% what men do

Wages for female workers increased 1.1% in 2016 while pay for their male counterparts remained flat.

TOKYO -- Japanese women's wages hit an all-time high last year, but they continued to earn far less than men.

Female full-timers made an average 244,600 yen ($2,157) a month in 2016, the third straight annual record, a labor ministry survey released Wednesday found. The figure was 73% of what men made, meaning the gender gap was the narrowest on record and had improved by 10 percentage points over the past 20 years.

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