Laid-off hotel workers thrown out

Officials from the Tokyo District Court evicted former workers from the Keihin Hotel in front of JR Shinagawa Station on Sunday, based on a Jan. 15 provisional ruling that supported the owner’s decision to sell the facility.

The former workers and labor union members [including members of NUGW Tokyo Nambu] who were supporting them occupied the hotel after the operator, Keihin Jitsugyo, laid off the hotel’s roughly 130 employees in October in the wake of the bankruptcy of the Lehman Brothers group in September.