Japan: Young people mount campaign to raise minimum wage
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Japan: Young people mount campaign to raise minimum wage

A student-led movement is campaigning to raise Japan's minimum wage and improve the lives of low-paid workers, many of whom struggle to meet their basic needs despite toiling long hours. Some 1,500 people took to the streets in mid-April in Tokyo's Shinjuku area, one of Japan's business and commercial centers, to call for a uniform 1,500 yen per hour minimum wage across the country. "Reduce inequality," "Raise wages for people working in the nursing industry" and "Don't vote for politicians who are indifferent to poverty," chanted the protestors, led by members of an anti-poverty movement called Aequitas.


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