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No.69(2011/11/11)
Government-RENGO Top-Level Meeting
On October 11 Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) President Nobuaki Koga held a top-level meeting at the Kantei (Prime Minister's Office) in Tokyo. It was the first such meeting since the start of the new Koga regime at RENGO following its biennial convention on October 4-5.
At the beginning of the meeting, from the standpoint of promoting RENGO's activities over the next two years, RENGO President Koga explained RENGO's intention to do its utmost for restoration and recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and link this to the regeneration of Japan as a whole, build a reassuring society centered on work, develop the labour movement into more of a social movement, and other efforts.
President Koga also called on the government to respond to such pending policy issues as the promotion of civil service system reform, the integrated reform of the tax and social security systems, and the revision of energy policy.
In response, after explanations from the government ministers attending the meeting, Prime Minister Noda said, "There are many issues, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and taxes and social security, and we want to continue our discussions with RENGO."

Participants
RENGO: President Nobuaki Koga, Deputy President Hideaki Tokunaga, Deputy President Naomi Okamoto, Vice-President Koichiro Nishihara, Vice-President Rikio Kouzu, Vice-President Tomoyasu Kato, General Secretary Hiroyuki Nagumo

Government: Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda; Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura; Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Yoko Komiyama; Minister of Finance Jun Azumi; Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Tatsuo Kawabata; Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Motohisa Furukawa; Minister of the Environment (and Minister in Charge of the Nuclear Accident) Goshi Hosono; Minister for Civil Service Reform Renho
Democratic Party of Japan: Secretary General Azuma Koshiishi, Acting Secretary General Shinji Tarutoko, Deputy Secretary General Koriki Jojima
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Announces Results
of Survey on Correction of Unpaid Overtime
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on October 19 announced the results of its survey on the correction of unpaid overtime wages. The survey examined cases during fiscal 2010 (April 2010 to March 2011) in which companies that had not paid extra wages for overtime and had received instructions from Labour Standards Inspection Offices nationwide to make corrections because they were violating the Labour Standards Act did so. The survey targeted companies that made extra overtime wage payments totaling at least 1 million yen per company.
The results revealed that (1) the number of companies making corrections was 1,386 firms, up 165 over the previous year; (2) the number of workers involved was 115,231 persons, up 3,342 over the previous year; (3) the total amount paid was 12,323,580,000 yen, up 720,600,000 yen over the previous year; (4) the average payment per company was 8,890,000 yen, and the average amount received per worker was 110,000 yen; and (5) the highest amount paid by a single company (in the hotel industry) was 394,090,000 yen.
After peaking in fiscal 2007, both the number of companies involved in unpaid overtime and the amount paid had been on a downward trend in recent years, but they rose again in fiscal 2010, probably due to increased overtime as a result of the diminished impact of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
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