The Bangladesh-Indonesia Team visited Japan from January 12 (Sunday) to 25 (Saturday) 2020.
Visit to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare
The participating countries, while facing problems, are continuing to achieve bullish economic growth. Perhaps because of this situation, the team members engaged extremely actively in the program and seemed to have an optimistic attitude regarding the outlook for their countries.
In the lectures, because of the large number of women participants, they seemed to be interested especially in gender equality and the participation of women in society. In addition, regarding Japan’s constructive industrial relations, although at the beginning their understanding appeared to be shallow, following daily follow-ups and actual contact with industrial relations through their visit to ANA Okinawa Airport Co., Ltd. and other activities in the regional program, they seemed to significantly deepen their understanding of and empathize with Japanese-style constructive industrial relations.
As well as ANA Okinawa Airport Co., Ltd., in the regional program the participants also visited RENGO Okinawa, the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, Good Job Center Okinawa, and the Okinawa Prefecture Council of Workers’ Welfare, engaging in lively discussions at each place.
The main proposals presented by the participants in their action plans were as follows:
• “In Japan the Hello Work public employment security offices provide job support to unemployed people and women. I also thought that the assistance provided for childcare so that women can work is marvelous. I want to urge our national center and government to collaborate and put such a system into practice, including in my own workplace. I want to engage in such activities over the next year.” (Bangladesh)
• “I will propose to the company management to establish a productivity committee to consist of representatives of management, workers, and the union. My goal is to establish such a committee by May of this year.” (Indonesia)
• “In order to share the knowledge and lessons that I have learned in Japan, I am scheduled to report about legislative matters, the workplace visit, the visit to RENGO [Japanese Trade Union Confederation], and so on to our national center’s convention to be held on Monday, July 27, 2020.” (Indonesia)
• “I will report about what I have learned in this program, such as Japan’s social welfare system, industrial relations, productivity movement, labour banks, mutual-aid insurance, Hello Work public employment security offices, and the activities of RENGO, to our national center’s company branches, regional branches, and central executive committee. The meeting will take place in early February 2020 with the attendance of at least 20 people.” (Indonesia)