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Japanese shipbuilder to hike wages for long-term foreign employees

Japan Marine United aims to bolster ability to attract global talent

Japan Marine United's shipyard in Kure, Hiroshima prefecture, employs many foreign workers. (Photo courtesy of Japan Marine United) 

TOKYO -- Major shipbuilder Japan Marine United will raise wages for foreign laborers in their seventh year of employment by nearly 2% each year, as Japanese companies try to maintain an edge in attracting inbound talent while facing a domestic labor shortage.

The company made the change to its wage system for foreign employees recently, boosting monthly salaries by over 3,000 yen (about $23) every year from the seventh year.

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