Twenty bus and railway company labor unions went on strike early March 26 after unions and management failed to agree on an annual pay hike during ongoing spring labor negotiations.

The General Federation of Private Railway and Bus Workers Unions of Japan said that as of 2:30 p.m. March 26, 173 unions had reached deals with their companies. The 173 unions are part of 238 smaller unions under the umbrella of the 20 larger unions organizing the strike. Of the 20 unions, nine later reached agreements with management and ended their strikes, federation officials said.

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