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Japan immigration

Japan's foreign workers increasingly join labor unions

Nikkei survey shows 80% of service companies have unionized overseas staff

At Ten Allied, which runs the Tengu Sakaba chain of izakaya pubs, non-Japanese part-timers have been part of its labor union since 1996.

TOKYO -- More foreign nationals working at Japanese companies are joining labor unions, and the service industry that needs their labor is discovering that treating foreigners well is essential to keeping them.

Nikkei surveyed 22 major retail and service companies, including operators of supermarkets, restaurants and hotels. Eighteen of the companies, or 80% of the total, confirmed that non-Japanese, non-regular employees were able to join unions. All 22 companies said regular employees were able to do so.

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