The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing more than 97 million workers 130 countries, expresses its sincere condolences to the family and relatives of the a 50-year-old construction worker who lost his life due to heatstroke, while he was working in Tokyo Big Sight, which is being renovated to serve as the media centre for Tokyo 2020
For one more time, a worker fighting to earn his livelihood, lost his life, working in miserable and dangerous conditions. In addition it is recorded that the soaring temperatures have killed at least 57 people across Japan from 29 July to 4 August.
The government of Japan has heavy responsibilities for the accident because of the lack of adequate protection measures of the whole population against the heatstroke.
The World Federation of Trade Unions demands investigation of the working conditions in all the workplaces and to put an end to the exposition of the workers in the high temperatures. Also, the WFTU demands the determination of a high standard of safety measures for the whole population of the country.