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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien


Director: Axel Klein
Type: Documentary
Full movie duration: 20 min

© 2009 Axel Klein


In this short documentary, political scientist Axel Klein followed a protest by the small “Rentai [solidarity] Union”, one of the first labor organizations to represent the interests of unemployed and irregular workers. Using the occasion of Keidanren’s 2009 New Year Reception at the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo, some recently unemployed workers under the leadership of Rentai Union tried to hand over a public letter to the head of Japan’s Business Federation but faced a number of obstacles.

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