While our working citizens are suffering
with employment and lifestyle anxieties, the KSD scandal and
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Cabinet slush fund scandal
both have come to light. In order to pursue a thorough investigation
into this chain of dirty dealings and seek the resignation of
the Mori Cabinet and the defeat of LDP-New Komeito-New Conservative
Party coalition government, RENGO held its "RENGO Demands
Realization Central Rally" at Hibiya Concert Hall on the
22nd. At the rally 5000 union members gathered to display their
strong distrust and anger at the Mori Administration.
Photo:5000 demonstrators head
for the Diet building
RENGO Chairman Washio criticized the government's
lukewarm employment policies saying, "even NIKKEIREN is
emphasizing that 'job security will improve the economy.'"
He claimed if we do not secure employment, increase wages, and
expand social security then the "poor economic conditions
will not change."
Further, he indicated that "suspicion over the KSD graft
and the slush fund scandals occurred due to the adherence of
politics, officials, and businesses mainly with the Liberal Democratic
Party." He called on the attendees saying, "we must
defeat the ruling coalition and win with the Spring Struggle
and the House of Councilors Elections."
Following that, RENGO Secretary General Sasamori displayed his
anger saying, "if things continue like this, working people
and the country will be ruined. Who brought our country to this
state?" Remarking on the Spring Struggle he said, "raise
wages to revive the economy" to ask for further effort in
the workplace. He said that RENGO is taking a stance of "double
posture of fighting politics and fighting the economy."
Opposition Party members including Democratic Party Secretary
General Naoto Kan, Social Democratic Party Secretary General
Sadao Fuchigami, and Liberal Party Secretary General Hirohisa
Fujii each showed their resolution to unify the four opposition
parties to bring down the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito
Party, and the New Conservative Party ruling coalition.
After the rally, participants, led by Washio, marched on to the
Diet to demonstrate repeatedly shouting, "Prime Minister
Mori-Take Responsibility!" "Realize the 1.4 million
job plan!" "Legislate the Work and Family Balance Assistance
Law!" At the Diet reception area demonstrators cheered the
many opposition party representatives who were waiting on hand.