December 6, 2021 5:44 pm

Japan’s ruling party has setback in preview of Sunday’s vote

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s governing party split two parliamentary seats in weekend byelections seen as a major test of its support ahead of a national vote next Sunday.Both seats are in the upper house of Japan’s Diet, or parliament, which is not subject to the Oct. 31 elections for the more powerful lower chamber, but…

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First female head of Japan labor lobby vows to empower women

TOKYO (AP) — The first female president of Japan’s powerful labor union federation said Friday she will work to correct the gender gap in wages and working conditions to help empower women. “Progress is extremely slow,” said Tomoko Yoshino, who was elected this month as head of the 7 million-member Japanese Trade Union Confederation, known…

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