The political history of the working class of Japan

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Unions support fired foreign workers
By Duane Sturm, Workers World, 2 January 1997. A sokodo (all-day action) on 29 November to demonstrate solidarity of Japanese and foreign workers in Japan against target businesses.
May Day around the world: Japan: ‘Our anger is reaching the limit’
Workers World, 14 May 1998. On May Day, an estimated two million workers marched and rallied in 1,100 protests across Japan. The capitalist crisis—first felt in the most oppressed Asian economies—is also affecting the working class in imperialist Japan.
Japanese trade unions and their future: Opportunities and challenges in an era of globalization (summary)
By Sadahiko Inoue, Rengo Institute for Advancement of Living Standards, Tokyo, 1999. In spite of significant changes in the economic environment, labour/management relations in Japan have not changed to any significant extent from the previous two decades.
May Day rallies call for job security
Mainichi Shimbun, 2 May 1999. At a time when the number of the unemployed and the jobless rate are hitting record highs, about 1.9 million people attending May Day rallies at some 1,100 locations across the nation and called for job security measures.
Workers' unity used to the full can change political course: Fuwa
Japan Press Service, 2 May 2000. In the 71st May Day Central Rally, Japanese Communist Party Chair Tetsuzo Fuwa gave a solidarity speech, calling for worker unity to change political course.