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World Day for Decent Work 2010 in Tokyo

On October 6 RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), RENGO Tokyo, and the Japanese organization of the Global Union Federations held the "World Day for Decent Work 2010 in Tokyo" to urge the realization of decent work and life. The rally, implemented in response to the International Trade Union Confederation's call for worldwide action to demand decent work, attracted about 450 participants.
First of all, on behalf of the organizers, RENGO President Nobuaki Koga appealed to the participants, "Through the solidarity of all working people, let's build a society of hope and peace of mind in which opportunities to work and fair working conditions are guaranteed for everyone and a safety net is in place."
Next, participants delivered reports from their respective positions on the situation relating to such issues as work and livelihood support, youth and students, support for foreign workers, the promotion of gender equality, and support for the disabled. The speakers proposed what the government and people should do now toward the realization of decent work.

RENGO Issues Statement on US Subcritical Nuclear Test (summary)

It has become evident that on September 15 the United States conducted a subcritical nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site. This was the twenty-fourth such test carried out by the United States and the first by the administration of President Barack Obama. As a citizen of the only country in the world to have suffered atomic bombings, RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation), which has continued efforts toward the realization of a world without nuclear weapons, considers this test to be extremely regrettable and lodges a strong protest.
Expectations for peace gained momentum when President Obama, in a major foreign policy speech delivered in Prague in April 2009, spoke of taking "concrete steps toward a world without nuclear weapons," and the strategic arms reduction agreement between the United States and Russia was hailed as a first step toward the abolition of nuclear weapons in the world. Furthermore, the Review Conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, held in New York in May 2010, unanimously approved a final document proclaiming the "objective of achieving a world without nuclear weapons."
The latest subcritical test in Nevada runs counter to this trend toward peace and could lead to the hollowing of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. The Obama administration says that it will continue subcritical tests in order to maintain the reliability of its nuclear weapons. This can only be described as a serious challenge to international opinion calling for world peace.

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