The Ministry of Welfare and Labor has been placing posters concerning the minimum wages in railway stations in Tokyo. According to the poster, the current minimum wage per hour is 791JPY (approximately 9USD).
According to the United States of Labor, The federal minimum wage is 7.25 USD per hour effective July 24, 2009. In UK, it’s 5.8 British Pounds (about 9.6USD).
It is hard to grasp the notion of this value, but I sincerely hope that people are paid for their work. Although the statistics show Japanese are working less than earlier, everyone who works in Japan knows that is a complete lie. Most people are working overtime with fake hour reports. Professions like doctors, they all write contracts that they will never sue their workplace regardless of how much they work. I hope that the renewed government is aware that to overcome the economy crisis, the current superficial work-life balance should change soon.