Tuesday, September 24, 2013
SHIOTA Takuji, the president of the Hankyu Travel Support (HTS) Local of the National Union of General Workers Tokyo Tobu, returned to work on September 10, 2013. Shiota struggled for the withdrawal of his dismissal for more than four years, and his reinstatement was confirmed after a victorious settlement of this case at the Tokyo High Court. His first assignment after the reinstatement as a tour conductor was a 10-day tour to Turkey. His reinstatement is very significant in the sense that such a worker in a vulnerable temporary position as him succeeded in returning to work when the Japanese Government attempts to ease restrictions on firing workers. We are confident that a trade union can overcome unfair practices of companies. Your support to our struggle is highly appreciated! (Sugano)
* Photo: SHIOTA Takuji
東部労組ＨＴＳ支部塩田委員長が本日（9/10）元気に仕事に復帰しました！ 不当な「アサイン停止」の撤回を求め４年以上闘い、東京高裁での勝利和解により職場復帰を確定させた東部労組ＨＴＳ（阪急トラベルサポート）支部塩田委員長が、本日からのトルコ１０日間ツアーで元気に仕事に復帰しました！ 解雇規制の緩和が画策されている中、立場が弱いとされている登録型派遣労働者が職場復帰を現実化させた異議は本当に大きなものがあります。「労働組合で闘えば、企業の不当な仕打ちを跳ね返すことができる」との確信を私たち東部労組は新たにしています。全国のみなさん！この間のご支援、本当にありがとうございました！（菅野存）
On September 8, 2013, a ceremony to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Kameido Incident was held at Akamon Joshinji Temple in Kameido, Tokyo. The Great Kanto Earthquake hit the region including Tokyo on September 1, 1923, leaving more than 100,000 people dead and injured. Under the Japanese Imperial Government of that time, which took advantage of the chaotic situation after the natural disaster, the police arrested ten progressive union and social activists in this region and massacred them at the local police station. This is called the Kameido Incident. This is a crime committed by the Japanese Government that crushed the stronghold of Japan’s labor movement and its revolutionary spirit, trying to suppress free speech. It is always suppressed under a repressive government. It is very significant to know the truth of the Kameido Incident and swear not to allow the authority to suppress free speech again in this time when the current Abe Administration strives to make it possible for Japan to “commit itself to war” and change the constitution that renounces war. (SATO Kazuyuki)
Photo: Photos of the victims
On September 7, 2013, approximately 400 people participated in a ceremony of the 90th Anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake to mourn Korean victims at a bank of Arakawa River in Tokyo. The following incidents that happened after the quake were introduced at the ceremony. Soon after the quake hit Tokyo on September 1, 1923, unfounded rumors, such as “Koreans will attack us” and “Koreans will poison wells”, spread, leading to the massacre of Koreans by Japanese citizens. It even worsened after the Japanese Army joined it. The Korean victims’ whereabouts are still unknown.
It was also introduced that a monument to commemorate the Korean victims was built in 2009 and has been together with the community. (OZAWA Kuniko)