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The government will meet with representatives of the 7.61-million-member Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) and the Japan Federation of Employers’ Associations (Nikkeiren) Tuesday morning to discuss an employment safety net, government sources said Friday.

The meeting has been suspended since November 1999 in the wake of a row between Rengo and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over pension-system reforms.

They will exchange views prior to the planned issuance of the “big-boned” reform blueprint later this month by the Council of Economic and Fiscal Policy, the officials said.

The meeting will be attended by Rengo chief Etsuya Washio, Nikkeiren Chairman Hiroshi Okuda and Cabinet members, including Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda, they said.

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