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Jobs second big question in governor’s election

Date Posted: 2002-11-09

While all three main candidates are busy stumping for the Nov. 17 governor’s election, an average citizen on the street couldn’t care less what the candidates have to say about international politics, base problems or other issues. The public has but one big question in its mind: How can we get more jobs and job security in the prefecture.

According to a survey by the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper, most people don’t care about a candidate’s political association. They would vote the person who could guarantee them jobs, or guarantee a better job that they have now.

A truck driver interviewed by the paper said that he has few parcels to deliver these days. “What’s worse, the company does not pay if a packet falls from my truck and its contents break. The compensation comes from my own pocket,” the man said, adding that because of that he is actually afraid to work.

A woman who had quit her hotel job voluntarily said that the hotel where she used to work was in for hard times as the number of customers staying in the hotel was way down. “They had to save money, so they stopped paying for overtime although I still had to work the same hours as before. So I quit,” she said. But, she added, she would like to get a job in a hotel as she has experience in that line of work. “If one of the candidates promises to build a hotel, he would get my vote. I need a job,” she concluded.

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