On July 4, 2023, the Japan Co-operative Alliance (JCA) and its members held a commemorative gathering to celebrate the "101st International Day of Cooperatives." The event was held in a hybrid format that combined on-site (Shibuya, Tokyo) and online streaming. 188 people, participated in person, while 168 people participated online.
This year's theme was "Let's talk about the future of co-operatives!" After greetings from officials and an overview of the co-operative's identity, two case study reports were presented.
Ms. NAKAYAMA Mutsumi, Director of the Go! Ueda Local Welfare Center of Central Workers' Cooperative, reported the process of launching the center to support after-school activities for children with disabilities under the slogan "Everyone is different and good," and how the center has grown while overcoming difficulties.
Following the report, Mr. NAGAI Shinjirou, Vice President of Co-op Deli Consumers' Cooperative Union, and Mr. WATANABE Manabu, General Manager of General Affairs Department of Sado Agricultural Cooperative, spoke on the theme "Sado Ibis Rice Support Project" through collaboration between Japan Agricultural Cooperatives, Consumer Cooperatives and local government, explaining that the project is based on Sanchoku (direct transaction) between Co-op Deli and JA Sado in cooperation with the local government, and that the number of ibis has increased to more than 500.
Report by Ms. NAKAYAMA Mutsumi, Director of the Go! Ueda Local Welfare Center of Central Workers' Cooperative
Speech by Mr. NAGAI Shinjirou, Vice President of Co-op Deli Consumers' Cooperative Union (far right)
and Mr. WATANABE Manabu, General Manager of General Affairs Department of Sado Agricultural Cooperative (on screen)
Workshop sessions were then held for both on-site and online participants, where they discussed "what has been achieved and what is still insufficient" in light of the cooperative identity, and "what co-operatives aim to achieve in 10 years."
Scene of the workshop
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