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No.37(2010/11/22)
Peace Appeal by the JILAF Cambodia-Mongolia Team

The eight-member Cambodia-Mongolia team, which came to Japan from September 26 to October 9, 2010, visited Hiroshima and went to facilities in the Peace Memorial Park and its vicinity, including the Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome.
One of the participants, commented after the visit to Hiroshima: 'There is a proverb that says one look is worth a thousand words, and indeed, actually seeing the reality of Hiroshima after the atomic bombing with my own eyes, I felt the necessity of continuing to appeal to the world that peace must be respected and in particular war using nuclear weapons must never be repeated.'
The participants also expressed agreement with efforts in Japan toward the early return of citizens abducted by North Korea. As their collective will, they issued a peace appeal calling for the 'abolition of nuclear weapons and realization of permanent peace in the world' and 'resolution of the problem of abductions by North Korea as quickly as possible.' Speaking on behalf of the participants, Sukhbastar said, 'We hope that this appeal for the realization of world peace will reach not only the Japanese people but people around the world.'
RENGO, together with Gensuikin (Japan Congress Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs) and Kakkin (National Council for Peace and Against Nuclear Weapons), is promoting the efforts of the peace movement. For example, a petition calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, signed by more than 6.6 million people, was submitted to then Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in April of this year; events urging the abolition of nuclear weapons were staged in New York in May; and Peace Action assemblies were held in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August.
From now on also, in cooperation with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Mayors for Peace, and many nongovernmental organizations, RENGO will continue to arouse and steer public opinion both in Japan and overseas toward the abolition of nuclear weapons and realization of permanent peace.
Every year JILAF, in its Invitation Program, invites about 100 young trade union leaders from various countries, especially in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America, to visit Japan.
The Invitation Program includes lectures on the Japanese labour movement, labour-management relations, and labour legislation and visits to such places as RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, member organizations of Rengo, and local Rengo branches. The participants are promising young trade union leaders, and through the training the program aims to deepen mutual understanding and solidarity between the labour movements of Japan and other countries.
In addition, with the exception of some programs, through independent funding participants also visit Hiroshima or Nagasaki in order to deepen their understanding of the efforts of Japan's peace movement.

The Economic and Labour Situation in Japan in August 2010

Industrial Production

Industrial production in September decreased 1.9% from the previous month, showing a decline for the fourth consecutive month, although it was up 11.1% year on year. The index for September was 92.5 (seasonally adjusted).
Industries that mainly contributed to the decline were as follows: (1) transport equipment, (2) electronic parts and devices, and (3) other manufacturing, in that order.
Commodities that mainly contributed to the decline were as follows: (1) large passenger cars, (2) metal oxide semiconductor ICs (logic), and (3) photovoltaic modules.
According to the Survey of Production Forecast in Manufacturing, production is expected to decrease 3.6% in October and to increase 1.7% in November.

Family Income and Expenditure Survey

(1) Expenditure for two-or-more-person households
The average monthly consumption expenditure per two-or-more-person household in September was 275,367 yen, down 0.6% in nominal terms but the same level in real terms as the previous year.

(2) Income and expenditures for workers' households
The average monthly income per household stood at 425,771 yen, up 0.9% in nominal terms and up 1.5% in real terms over the previous year.
The average monthly consumption expenditure per household was 307,437 yen, up 1.9% in nominal terms and up 2.5% in real terms over the previous year.

Labour Force Survey Monthly Results

(1) Employment
The number of employed persons in September 2010 was 63.09 million, an increase of 140,000, or 0.2%, over the previous year.

(2) Unemployment
The number of unemployed persons in September 2010 was 3.40 million, a decrease of 230,000, or 6.3%, from the previous year.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.0%.

(10,000 persons)
  Actual figures Change from previous year
      (%)
Population aged 15 years and over 11,052 (-1) -0.0
Labour force 6,649 (-9) -0.1
Employed persons 6,309 (+14) 0.2
Employees 5,511 (+41) 0.7
Unemployed persons 340 (-23) -6.3
Not in labour force 4,395 (+3) 0.1
Labour force participation rate (%) 60.2 (0.0)  
Employment rate (%) 57.1 (+0.1)  
Unemployment rate, original series (%) 5.1 (-0.4)  
  Current month Change from previous month
Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted (%) 5.0 (-0.1)  

According to a separate report released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, job availability also improved in September, with the ratio of job offers to job seekers rising to 0.55 from 0.54 in the previous month. This figure means that 55 jobs were available for every 100 job seekers in September.

Consumer Prices

The consumer price index for Japan in September 2010 was 99.8 (2005=100), up 0.3% over the previous month and down 0.6% year on year.

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