Lawmakers' salaries are set to be cut by at least 7.8% a month under legislation to be submitted by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to the current Diet session. The average monthly salary of Diet members is 1.3 million yen.
Civil servants will also get a pay cut which has been factored into a bill calling for a 7.8% reduction in public servants' salaries through March 2014.
The legislation is part of a pledge that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made in the Diet last October. In November, he, his cabinet ministers, senior vice ministers and parliamentary secretaries took a salary cut of up to 30% until the end of March to show solidarity with cost-cutting efforts and help raise funds to finance reconstruction in the disaster-hit Tohoku region.
Noda's monthly salary is currently 1,442,000 yen, while cabinet ministers' salaries are 1,202,400 yen.© Japan Today