Japan Seamen’s Union suspended KISHIMOTO Emi (see photo), who worked for the union for 26 years, in April 2011 for “using a union computer for private purposes” and dismissed her in October. The Tokyo District Court, however, ruled on September 13 that the suspension and dismissal were both invalid and ordered that the union pay compensation. Since 2004, when the union had gone through a fierce power battle within the organization, dismissals, demotions, harassment and other disputes continued. Kishimoto was the third person who won the dismissal lawsuit. The union employees have established a union of their own in April. The union is currently dealing with three lawsuits, one labor tribunal, one case of unfair labor practice. Kishimoto and other union employees issued a statement concerning the change for the Japan Seamen’s Union. (By TAKENAKA Masahiro Photo: Press conference at Maritime Affairs press club.