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The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by the labor union of the now-defunct Japanese National Railways for enforcement of an order by the Central Labor Relations Commission for three Japan Railways companies to hire nine former JR union employees.

The lawsuit was one of the focal points of the protracted row between the National Railway Workers Union and the JR group, which was born with the privatization of JNR in 1987. Upon the privatization, scores of labor union members were not rehired by the JR carriers.

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