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The General Council of Trade Unions of Japan (日本労働組合総評議会 nihonrōdōkumiaisouhyogikai?), often abbreviated to Sōhyō (総評?), was a left-leaning union confederation. Founded in 1950, it was the largest in Japan.[1]

A large portion of Sōhyō merged with the more conservative Japanese Confederation of Labor (Domei)[2] and other unions to form Rengo in 1987. Rengo was formally launched in 1989.[3] Some elements of Sōhyō also joined the National Trade Union Council (Zenrokyo).


  1. ^ Japan's Reshaping of American Labor Law, by William B. Gould IV, MIT Press 1984, Paperback printing 1988, page 7
  2. ^ The Japan Times EDITORIAL - Rengo's uphill battle October 31, 2005 Retrieved on August 15 2012
  3. ^ Rengo website Rengo 2010 website Retrieved on August 2012


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