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The Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) on Thursday elected its general secretary Kiyoshi Sasamori as its new president, replacing the retiring Etsuya Washio, Rengo officials said.

Sasamori was elected unopposed because no one else filed candidacies by noon Thursday, the deadline for applying for the leadership race. Rengo is Japan’s largest labor organization, with 7.61 million members.

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