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【 Latest 】 What is the minimum wage in Tokyo? Explanation of changes to date and comparison by prefecture.

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In Japan, minimum wages are set by law, so it is important to make sure that your wage is above the minimum wage. In particular, the minimum wage in Tokyo is the highest in Japan. The minimum hourly wage in Tokyo was set at 1,113 yen in the October 2023 revision.

This article details the latest minimum wage amount in Tokyo, recent trends, and comparisons with other prefectures.

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Minimum Wage in Tokyo

In Japan, each prefecture has its own minimum hourly wage, and the minimum hourly wage in Tokyo, revised in 2023, is 1,113 yen. Of course, this applies to foreigners as well, so you should check if the hourly wage you are receiving is 1,113 yen or more, and if it is less than that, you can ask your employer to improve it.

The minimum wage in Tokyo and the rest of Japan has been increasing all the time in recent years. In the 2023 revision, the minimum wage in Tokyo was revised to 1,113 yen, up 72 yen, against the backdrop of soaring prices and other factors.

Minimum Wage (Hourly Wage) in Tokyo

counter for years (following a number in the hito-futa-mi counting system)Minimum wage (hourly)
Year 20231,113 yen
Year 20221,072 yen
Year 20211,041 yen
Year 20201,013 yen
20191,013 yen
2018985 yen
2017958 yen
2016932 yen
2015907 yen
2014888 yen
Source:Tokyo Minimum Wage - At a glance Minimum Wage

Comparison of minimum wages between Tokyo and other prefectures

The minimum wage in Japan is determined by prefecture, and each prefecture has a different amount; as of October 2023, the minimum wages in major other prefectures are shown in the table below, including 1,064 yen in Osaka Prefecture and 1,027 yen in Aichi Prefecture.

The more populated prefectures have higher minimum wages, with Tokyo having the highest among all prefectures. This is because prices tend to be higher in more populated areas.

Areas with lower minimum wages include the Tohoku region (except Miyagi), Kyushu (except Fukuoka), Shikoku, and Okinawa, where the minimum wage is around 900 yen. If you plan to live outside of Tokyo, check the minimum wage for that prefecture.

Minimum wage in Tokyo and other major prefectures

administrative divisions of Japan: Tokyo-to, Hokkai-do, Osaka-fu and Kyoto-fuminimum wage
Tokyo Metropolitan area1,113 yen
Hokkaido960 yen
Aomori prefecture (Tohoku area)898 yen
Miyagi prefecture (Tohoku area)923 yen
Kanagawa prefecture (Kantou area)1,112 yen
Yamanashi prefecture (Chuubu area)938 yen
Niigata prefecture (Hokuriku area)931 yen
Aichi prefecture (Chuubu area)1,027 yen
Osaka (metropolitan area)1,064 yen
Kyoto (metropolitan area)1,008 yen
Hyogo prefecture (Kinki area) (Hyougo)1,001 yen
Hiroshima prefecture (Chuugoku area)970 yen
Kagawa prefecture (Shikoku)918 yen
Fukuoka prefecture (Kyushu)941 yen
Oita prefecture (Kyushu)899 yen
Okinawa prefecture (including Okinawa island)896 yen
Source:Comparative check of your wages|Minimum Wage System

Japan's minimum wage system is explained in detail in the following article.
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How do I make sure my current wage meets the minimum wage?

Foreign residents working in Tokyo may be concerned about whether their wages are properly above the Tokyo minimum wage. Here we explain how to check your own minimum wage.

Hourly rate

The minimum wage is determined by the hourly wage, so if you are working part-time, you can compare your hourly wage with the minimum wage in Tokyo.

Daily wage

If you are paid on a daily basis, divide the wage by the hours you work and convert it to an hourly rate before comparing the two. For example, if you are paid 12,000 yen for 8 hours of work, the wage per hour is 12,000 yen divided by 8 = 1,500 yen. This is OK because it is above Tokyo's minimum wage of 1,113 yen.

Monthly salary

As with daily wages, monthly wages are converted to an hourly wage. For example, suppose you work 8 hours a day for 22 days and receive 250,000 yen. Then the wage per hour would be 250,000 yen ÷ 22 ÷ 8 = 1,420 yen. This is OK because it is higher than the Tokyo minimum wage of 1,113 yen.

What is the average income in Tokyo?

The average annual income of Tokyo residents was 4.55 million yen in 2023. By gender, men and women had the top average annual incomes in Japan, at 5.14 million yen and 4 million yen, respectively.

The average annual salary tends to be higher in prefectures with larger populations: over 4 million yen is earned in Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Aichi prefectures, all of which have large populations. The average annual salary is lower in Hokkaido/Tohoku and Kyushu/Okinawa, where it ranges from 3.4 to 3.8 million yen.

However, areas with lower annual incomes also tend to have lower prices, so a lower average annual income does not necessarily mean that life is poorer than in other prefectures.

administrative divisions of Japan: Tokyo-to, Hokkai-do, Osaka-fu and Kyoto-fuaverage annual income
Tokyo Metropolitan area4.55 million yen
Hokkaido3.76 million yen
Aomori prefecture (Tohoku area)3.69 million yen
Miyagi prefecture (Tohoku area)3.75 million yen
Kanagawa prefecture (Kantou area)4.35 million yen
Yamanashi prefecture (Chuubu area)3.84 million yen
Niigata prefecture (Hokuriku area)3.63 million yen
Aichi prefecture (Chuubu area)4,070,000 yen
Osaka (metropolitan area)3.97 million yen
Kyoto (metropolitan area)3.89 million yen
Hyogo prefecture (Kinki area) (Hyougo)4.04 million yen
Hiroshima prefecture (Chuugoku area)3.89 million yen
Kagawa prefecture (Shikoku)3.79 million yen
Fukuoka prefecture (Kyushu)3.79 million yen
Oita prefecture (Kyushu)3.76 million yen
Okinawa prefecture (including Okinawa island)3.47 million yen
Source:Average Annual Income in Japan by Prefecture (Latest Ranking of Average Annual Income) |Career Change Services - doda

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What is the average income of foreigners?

According to a survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the average monthly income of foreigners in 2023 will be 232,600 yen. Of course, this is an average of people from various occupations put together, so there will be many people earning more, and some earning less.

By status of residence, the average monthly wage for specified technical skills and technical intern training is slightly lower at approximately 170,000 yen. However, the law stipulates that foreigners must not be paid less than Japanese nationals just because they are foreigners, so there is no such thing as being forced to work for an unfairly low wage, and if there is, the employer is responsible.

The highest amount for "professional/technical fields (excluding specified skills)" was 296,700 yen, followed by "specified skills" at 198,000 yen, and the lowest was "technical training" at 181,700 yen.

Source:Wages by Status of Residence Category|Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

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summary

As of 2021, the minimum wage in Tokyo is 1,041 yen, and the same amount applies to foreigners. The amount changes every year, so check the new minimum wage in 2022. Revisions are made around October each year, so the next revision is expected around October 2022.

It is important to check if your wages are above the minimum wage. Please check using the respective calculation methods for hourly, daily, and monthly wages. If you are below the minimum wage, consult your company immediately.

The average annual salary in Tokyo is one of the highest in Japan, but the cost of living is also high, so it is necessary to consider the balance of expenses as well as income. On the other hand, the average monthly salary for foreigners varies depending on the type of job. When working in Japan, we recommend that you research the market rate for your type of work.


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