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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Labor Union Sit-In Protest about Worker Dispatch Law Amendments


Today, the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (JTUC) is organizing a sit-in outside the Second Members' Office Building of the House of Representatives (i.e. the Upper House of the Japanese Diet) in Tokyo's Nagatacho to stage a sit-in protest against amendments to the Worker Dispatch Law, currently under consideration by the Upper House.

JTUC sit-in protest outside the Upper House of the Japanese Diet in Tokyo.
JTUC sit-in protest outside the Upper House of the Japanese Diet

Under the slogan of "Stop a society marked by disparity" (this being a somewhat longwinded translation by this blogger of the more compact "ストップ・ザ・格差社会!"), members of various unions gathered from 9 a.m. this morning under the JTUC banner to mark their opposition to the bill going ahead.

JTUC sit-in protest outside the Japanese Diet Upper House, Nagatacho, Tokyo.

The protest is scheduled to last until 4 p.m. Busloads of protesters were being brought in this morning. Under the crisp blue autumn sky sat crowds of sitters in with scores of banners, an orator with a loudspeaker, and a quietly optimistic-looking atmosphere. Notably, the police presence was not strong at all.

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