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Japan's wages rise for seventh straight month but growth seen as low

STRUGGLING TO GROW: The central bank needs to see higher earnings so Japanese consumers can buy more to help sustain price gains in a nation that has been dogged by two decades of stagnation.


REGULAR wages in Japan rose for a seventh consecutive month as the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presses businesses to boost salaries.

Base pay climbed 0.4 per cent in September from a year earlier, the labour ministry said Monday. Overall labour cash earnings,