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Japan's household income has risen 10% over the past five years, but higher taxes and social security costs continue to erode the gains.

Japan's households make more money but higher taxes, expenses bite

Monthly income up 10% over 5 years as number of dual-earner households increases

KAZUYA MANABE, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Japan's household income is picking up again, thanks to an increase in the number of working couples. The average monthly income rose about 10% over the five years through 2021 as more spouses of main breadwinners joined the workforce.

But after deducting taxes and social security expenses, their take-home income has not returned to the level of about 20 years ago.

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