Health insurance, city tax, income tax, sales tax, pension insurance, apartment rental, car rental, utility bills, Abenomics...
It seems that the harder that you work, the more that life wants to take your money from you.
If you're not enrolled in SHAKAI HOKEN (Employee's Health and Pension Insurance), and you're voluntarily paying for KOKUMIN NENKIN (National Pension System) coverage, you're faced with the very real prospect of having even less money in your bank account at the end of the month than a lot of other people do!
As you may know, the GENERAL UNION is comprised of many different branches. One of these branches is our Shinobu Branch, representing workers who are employed by Shinobu Foods Products Co., Ltd. which - as their name suggests - manufactures and sells food products in Japan.
For a quite a while, Union and Non-Union members alike had been complaining about the size of the refrigerator in the staff room. The company refused to listen to the complaints. The refrigerator was relatively small, not really suitable for the environment that it was placed in, and often subject to overcrowding as everyone tried to use whatever space they could find to keep their lunch and other items cool (especially in summer!).
What is a company's most important asset? Is it the cash in its bank account? Nope, not even close! How about the building or location that a company is located in? Sorry, no dice! What about the company's president? Even they are nowhere near as important to a company’' success when compared to its employees.