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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Fluctuating exchange rates will affect Defense Department civilian workers’ paychecks in South Korea and Japan.

Post allowance rates dropped effective April 25 for those working in Tokyo and nearby Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan as the dollar continued to strengthen against the yen.

The rate dropped from 70 to 50 in Tokyo and from 42 to 35 at Yokosuka.

That means a civilian employee with four family members who makes $50,000 a year in Tokyo will see a drop of $238 a month.

Meanwhile, the allowance rate bumped from 10 to 15 in Seoul, Osan and Uijeongbu in South Korea as the dollar bought less won, meaning that same civilian employee will earn $118 more a month.

The changes will be reflected in the May 19 paycheck.

For a full listing of allowance rates for your installation, visit: http://aoprals.state.gov/ .

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