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."
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
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