Wages not keeping up with higher consumer prices

Although her husband’s salary increased, a Tokyo woman said she has tightened her family’s purse strings.

“Except for what my child absolutely needs, we have to be frugal in our spending,” the 37-year-old woman said.

Japan’s real wage index was minus 2.8 percent in October compared with the same period in 2013, the 16th straight month the index has fallen below zero, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on Dec. 2.

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