Government and labor union leaders agreed Wednesday on the need to create additional jobs in the public sector to prevent the record-high unemployment rate from rising even further.

The agreement came at a meeting of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda; Chikara Sakaguchi, minister of health, labor and welfare; Takeo Hiranuma, minister of economy, trade and industry; and Etsuya Washio, head of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation.

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