File - The skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District with the high-rise buildings is covered with heavy smog in Pudong in Shanghai, China, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday that it would give employees sent to China a wage premium to account for the country's hazardous air pollution, in a possible first for an international company.A Panasonic spokesman declined to give details about the premium, or say how many expatriate workers it employs in China. So-called hardship pay is not unusual for employees of foreign firms sent to work to China. But Panasonic is believed to be the first to announce a premium to compensate for polluted air.
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