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Japan Wages & Household Spending (Jun. 2021)

The weakness in wage growth in June reflected both a slowdown in regular pay and a drop in summer bonuses. But with the labour market set to tighten and corporate profits on the mend, we think that wage growth will rebound before long.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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