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Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 13:30 - 14:30

Reiner Hoffmann, President, German Trade Union Confederation

Rikio Kozu, President, Japanese Trade Union Confederation

(The speech and Q & A will be in English and Japanese with English interpretation)

"The Future of Labor at a Time of Hyper-Automation"

What kind of future does labor have in an era of rapid digitalization? Will human beings be able to engage in "decent work," or will they fall victim to "gig labor," forced to cobble together part time jobs, unable to benefit from collective bargaining? Neo-liberal economic policies have already undermined stable employment patterns in Japan, Europe and North America. Many more jobs are expected to fall victim to automation and robotization.

Among the most urgent issues on the agenda of the L20 and the L20 Priorities for the G20 Summit to be held in Tokyo August 29-30 are the promotion of "decent work," including increased minimum wages, right to social protection, promotion of gender equality in the workplace, and job retraining in an age of constant technological change, as well as a just transition to a carbon-neutral economy. Rikio Kōzu and Reiner Hoffmann, leaders of the labor union federations of Japan and Germany will come to the FCCJ to address these and other questions on the future of labor prior to the start of the L20 Summit.

Doors open for TV crew only at 12:45, all others at 13:00. Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. Livestreaming of press conferences are available on our website (

*Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations to attend. FCCJ members, including TV cameras, will have priority for the reservation and seating/setting positions and one TV camera for affiliate networks. 会場の都合上、参加人数には上限がございます。ご予約と当日のお席/TVカメラのセッティングポジションにつきましてもFCCJの会員が優先されること、テレビは系列1社1台となりますので、ご了承ください。

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