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TOKYO — Post allowance payments for Department of Defense civilian workers went up this week at several bases in Japan and South Korea, according to the U.S. State Department’s Web site.

Post allowance is meant to help government workers living abroad have the same buying power they would in the Washington, D.C., area. The allowance rate is applied to a portion of a person’s base salary that is considered “spendable income,” money left over after taxes, savings and home expenses.

The allowances increased as follows:

Tokyo, from 60 percent to 70 percentYokota, Zama and Misawa, from 42 percent to 50 percentYokosuka, from 35 percent to 42 percentOkinawa, from 42 percent to 50 percentSeoul, Osan and Uijeongbu, from 5 percent to 10 percentAccording to the new rates, a worker making $43,000 with a family of four living in Tokyo will make $99 extra each pay period. The changes vary based on income and family size.

To find out more, go to http://aoprals.state.gov/.

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