Now, before you throw up your arms in anguish and wonder how we’ll ever get an accurate measure, along comes the GOJ with a clickable minimum wage map by prefecture and industry. You can have a look and see where people on the bottom rung of the ladder are earning the least and most. Found this while researching the PhD. To quote Spock, “Fascinating.”
MHLW sponsored minimum wage prefectural map at http://www.saiteichingin.com/linkMap.html
Here’s a partial screen capture of it. It’s very well organized. They’ve made it real easy even in terms of language. See, when the GOJ really wants you to have the information, they do a pretty good job of it.
If you want to see more about their definitions and science, click here:
Of course, when I say “on the bottom rung of the ladder”, I mean citizens. There are however, tens of thousands of people (i.e. NJ “Trainees”) who don’t qualify for the labor-law protections of a minimum wage. They get saddled with debts and some make around 300 yen an hour, less than half the minimum minimum wage for Japanese. See more here, here, and here.
FYI. Arudou Debito in Sapporo