According to "The 2010 Report of Basic Surveys on Trade Unions" issued by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on December 14, the union density rate in Japan stands at 18.5% as of June 30, 2010. The rate is the same as in 2009, when it showed a slight upturn for the first time in 35 years.
The total number of members of all trade unions in the country was 10.054 million persons, a decrease of 24,000 from the previous year. The membership of RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) increased by 44,000 to 6.876 million persons, and RENGO's share of total trade union membership was 68.4%. In a statement made on December 14, RENGO General Secretary Hiroyuki Nagumo commented that the increase in RENGO membership had been achieved through the hard work and efforts of people concerned.
The number of part-time workers belonging to unions was 726,000 persons, up by 26,000 over the previous year; the estimated organization rate for part-time workers was 5.6%. Women union members numbered 2.964 million, up by 31,000 over the previous year; the organization rate for women was 12.8%. General Secretary Nagumo noted that these increases were the result of RENGO's efforts conducted under the slogan "Let's keep fighting not only for regular workers but for all working people!"
General Secretary Nagumo emphasized RENGO's determination to continue to organize workers in local industries, small and medium-sized enterprises, and subcontracting firms, as well as nonregular workers and others, toward the early recovery of a 7-million-strong RENGO.