On October 19 Keidanren issued a policy recommendation titled "Reforms in Employment and Labor to Realize the Enrichment of Citizens' Lives." This proposal aims to strengthen Japan's industrial competitiveness through efforts toward the building of a nation of creative and energetic talent. Keidanren already presented this proposal to the government, the parties in power and others concerned.
The proposal is the result of discussions at the Committee on Industrial Affairs (co-chaired by Hiromichi Seya, chairman and CEO of Asahi Glass, and Masao Nishimura, President and CEO of the Industrial Bank of Japan) since May of this year. It points out specific courses for reform in the following four areas: