Unions gather in Tokyo, nationwide for May Day labor events

Members of Japan’s labor unions gathered in Tokyo and other cities across the country for the 80th Central May Day event Friday.

The participants called for a halt to both temporary and permanent worker layoffs, under slogans such as “Eliminate unemployment and poverty!” and “Major companies, use your reserves and protect employment!”

The National Trade Union Council (Zenrokyo) held its gathering at Hibiya Park, where participants called for drastic revisions to the Temporary Staffing Services Law and employment guarantees, among other demands.

Both groups adopted a number of May Day resolutions, and held demonstrations in the city over labor issues.