Kozu to Stay On as Rengo President

Economy Society

Tokyo, July 3 (Jiji Press)--Rikio Kozu, 63, will be reelected president of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo, according to a plan released Wednesday.

The plan was announced by Rengo's executive nomination committee made up of representatives from industrial federations of labor unions.

After approval by Rengo's Central Executive Committee in the near future, Kozu is expected to be reelected at a regular convention in October.

Junji Hirakawa, head of the Japanese Federation of Energy and Chemistry Workers' Union, said the reappointment was decided as Rengo's top leader is required to "stably demonstrate abilities such as having a strong voice and taking actions."

The decision preceded Thursday's start of the official campaign period for the July 21 House of Councillors election, as talks within member unions will be difficult, according to Hirakawa.

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