On February 27, 2018 Japan Joint Committee of Co-operatives (JJC) held a press conference in Tokyo and announced the launch of Japan Co-operative Alliance (JCA) on April 1, 2018.
JJC was established in 1956 to promote collaboration among Japanese Co-operatives. Since its inception JJC has carried out various cooperative activities both domestic and worldwide. In order to further promote this collaborative activity, JJC will be reorganized into the Japan Co-operative Alliance with effect from April 1, 2018.
The main functions of JCA will be to (1) Promote inter-co-operative collaborations (2) Make policy proposals; engage in public relations activities and (3) Provide education and conduct research.
The newly formed alliance will further encourage collaborative efforts among local co-operatives, make policy recommendations and strive to solve social problems through the promotion of the spirit of solidarity and cooperation among co-operatives nationwide. JCA will consolidate the power of Japanese co-operatives with 65 million members nationwide to solve social issues, such as revitalizing the community, providing jobs for the elderly and creating child-friendly society.
(L) State of press conference / (R) Members of the Japan Co-operative Alliance
JCCU will continue to play an active role as a member of JCA following JJC.