JCCU holds the 73rd Annual General Assembly


JCCU holds the 73rd Annual General Assembly on June 16, 2023, in Tokyo, Japan. Out of the 655 representatives to the General Assembly, 356 attended in person, 2 by proxy, and 293 in writing, making it a total attendance of 651. All the nine bills including the FY2022 business report and financial reports, the FY2023 business plan, and the budget were passed by majority votes.
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Voting on bills 

In the opening remarks, the President of JCCU, TSUCHIYA Toshio, mentioned that in the three and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic, various social problems have emerged, including the widening of poverty and disparities, for which co-ops nationwide have provided support in cooperation and collaboration with local communities. He called on co-ops nationwide to continue their support with a strong commitment to leave no one behind.

He also mentioned that consumer co-ops nationwide and their members have contributed about 1 billion JPY to UNICEF's "Emergency Fund for Ukraine" in response to Russia's military invasion of Ukraine. In addition, he mentioned that the "Hiroshima Vision" announced at the G7 Summit in May did not meet expectations of a concrete message from the A-bombed city of Hiroshima for the abolition and reduction of nuclear weapons. He concluded by stating that, as co-ops that have been working for world peace, he would like to steadily promote efforts toward the abolition and reduction of nuclear weapons.

Opening remarks from the President of JCCU, TSUCHIYA Toshio

In the General Assembly, JCCU was honored to receive a congratulatory message from Mr. TAKEO Kawamata, Director of Social Welfare and War Victims' Relief Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). Many other congratulatory messages from various dignitaries were also received, including a message from Mr. NAKAYA Toru, President of the Japan Co-operative Alliance (JCA) who is also the President of JA-ZENCHU (Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives).

There was a debate session after the bills were proposed, in which 17 representatives gave remarks, including a case study report on how a city, a local bus operator, and a co-op worked together to solve problems in a community where local residents had difficulty in shopping because stores and mobile vans had withdrawn, with the aim of creating a community where people can live safely in their own familiar neighborhoods. Other reports on a wide range of topics were discussed, including the utilization of veteran personnel and the creation of a work environment that accommodates diverse work styles, strengthening business and promoting Digital Transformation (DX), creating a place connecting people in the community, and major cyber incidents.