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Senior Rengo official secretly meets with PM Abe

  • 2015-07-15 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: July 15, 2015 – p. 4)

 

 Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) Vice President Naoto Omi, who is expected to become new Rengo general secretary, disclosed at a meeting of three executives on July 14 that he had met secretly with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei] on June 26 and he apologized for meeting with a secretary of Abe’s. President Nobuaki Koga gave Omi an earful. Omi serves as chairman of the Japanese Federation of Textile, Chemical, Food, Commercial, Service and General Workers’ Unions (UA Zensen).

 

 It is said that Omi had requested a meeting with Abe since around March. A senior Rengo official says “the Kantei is trying to split Rengo, aiming at a change in the Rengo executives.”

 

 Omi explained: “I exchanged views [with the Prime Minister] on the issue of abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea, for which UA Zensen has made a strong effort, and on labor legislation. I criticized the government’s response to the labor legislation.” (Slightly abridged)

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