Communist leader urges Japan PM to protect part-timers, smaller businesses amid economic slowdown

The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) leader has urged Prime Minister Taro Aso to take emergency measures to protect the employment of non-regular workers and smaller businesses amid the economic slowdown.

It is extremely rare for the JCP leader to meet exclusively with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) head.

In the meeting on Friday, JCP Chairman Kazuo Shii urged the government to exercise its authority to prevent businesses from dismissing temporary and part-time workers.

In a related development, Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Mizuho Fukushima has also proposed emergency employment guarantee measures. The SDP then asked the LDP to hold a meeting between the leaders of the two parties.