On July 4, 2022, the 100th International Day of Co-operatives Forum in Japan was held by the Japan Co-operative Alliance (JCA) in a hybrid format with both physical (in-person) attendance and online streaming. 179 co-operative officials and members, academicians, and media representatives attended in-person, while 273 people participated online.
This year's theme was "Learning and Utilizing Co-operative Identity". Participants deepened their understanding of co-operative identity (definition, values, and principles). After watching video learning materials, three co-operative officials presented case studies, followed by a panel discussion.
In the case study reports, firstly, Mr. WATANABE Hirotada, President and Representative Director of JA Ochiimabari, gave a report titled " JA Ochiimabari: The History of Cooperation - Our Role as a Co-operative" on recent efforts, including the appointment of women associate members to the management committee and the joint holding of a festival with the fishery co-operative, in accordance with individual co-operative principles and definitions.
Taken turns, Ms. NAKAGAWA Hisako, Executive Director of Co-op Kobe, gave a report on efforts to support co-op members who have difficulties in shopping and the mutual help activities among co-op members in response to the increase in single-person households, under the theme "Living in cooperation in a town with a co-op."
Ms. NAKAGAWA Hisako, Executive Director of Co-op Kobe
Ms. SETO Rion, Director of Keyakinomori, Sendai Local Welfare Center of Central Workers' Cooperative, gave a report under the title "Co-operative identity - confirming our origin and seeking its realization." She reported on how "Minna no BASE (Our Base)," a project to provide a place for children started, its current status, and the importance of supporting the growth of co-op members working there as a workers' co-operative.
Ms. SETO Rion, Director of Keyakinomori, Sendai Local Welfare Center of Central Workers' Cooperative
In the subsequent panel discussion, each case report was discussed in more detail, and the session concluded with an exchange of opinions among the participants, both at the venue and online.
State of the panel discussion