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No.211(2016/5/1)
RENGO Holds 87th May Day Central Rally,
Promotes Collaboration with NPOs, NGOs

---"Let's join forces in a unified spirit of mutual support and assistance to realize the improvement of livelihoods!"---
RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) held the 87th May Day Central Rally in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, on April 29 under the slogan "Let's join forces in a unified spirit of mutual support and assistance to realize the improvement of livelihoods!" The event was attended by about 40,000 people.
Addressing the participants on behalf of the organizer, RENGO President Rikio Kozu said with resolve, "We must tackle the eradication of poverty and starvation, environmental destruction, and the violation of human rights, which are the main causes of the wars, conflicts, and terrorism threatening world peace, and realize decent work for all. We must bring together all working people, including nonregular workers, and campaign for the realization of a secure society centered on work as its core." The rally was also addressed by representatives of the government, Tokyo metropolitan government, and Minshinto (Democratic Party).
A theme of this year's event was the deepening of mutual understanding with other movements through the building of ties and empathy with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofit organizations (NPOs), and other groups. About 80 such groups, including JILAF, set up imaginative booths to publicize their work, which included assistance for disaster areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake; support for children, young people, and local communities; environmental and ecological activities; disaster support; and activities by people with disabilities.

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