The President of the Japanese Trade Union Congress, Minoru Takita, recently visited President Kennedy in Washington.
The President of the Japanese Trade Union Congress, Minoru Takita, recently visited President Kennedy in Washington. He presented his with a "good-luck" Lion's Head Mask, and discussed labour problems... In particular, a big problem has arisen over cheap Japanese garments and textiles imported into the United States.
America's big garment-makers union, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, has instructed its 385,000 members not to cut any Japanese cloth imported after May 1st.
The ban follows a refusal by Japanese manufacturers to set a voluntary quota on shipments of men's and boy's suits to the United States.
The Union claims that the American clothing industry - already one of the most competitive in the country - could not survive in competition with imported garments made by workers earning only 14 cents an hour.
The average hourly wage in union clothing shops in the United States is 2 dollars - about 14 times higher.
Meanwhile, shipments from Japan continued to be unloaded.... One such cargo was brought to New York harbour in the Japanese ship "Astoria Maru".