JILAF invited eight persons (including five women) from four East European countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania) to visit Japan from October 17 to 30.
At the lectures and places visited, the participants showed much interest in such topics as the impact of globalization on Japanese industry, the response of unions to the worldwide financial crisis following the Lehman shock, the increasing number of nonregular workers, and the low birthrate and aging. They engaged in lively discussions on these issues, comparing the situation in Japan with that in their own countries.
They also showed great interest in the Hello Work employment office, which they visited in the Rengo Nara program, enthusiastically inspecting the system and remarking that they would like to see it introduced in their own countries. In addition, the participants seemed to learn a lot from the system of cooperation between labour and management in Japan, the three principles of productivity, and the approach of the Japanese employment system of placing importance on individuals. Participants commented that they would like to use these ideas as reference for the development of the labour movement in their own countries.
|■||Rengo Nara||■||Sharp Corp. Nara Plant|
|■||Sharp Corp. Labour Union Nara Branch||■||Nara Prefecture Government Office|
|■||Labour Bureau, Nara Prefectural Government||■||Hello Work Nara|
|■||JFE Steel Corp. East Japan Works, Keihin Area||■||JFE Steel Corp. Keihin Labour Union|
|■||Kikan Roren (Japan Federation of Basic Industry Workers’ Unions)||■||Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)|
Many thanks to everyone.
Participating in the Rengo Central Women’s Assembly
Discussion with Rengo Nara executives
Visit to Sharp Corp.'s Nara Plant
Courtesy visit to Nara Prefecture Governor Shogo Arai
Visit to Nara Prefecture's Labour Bureau and Hello Work Nara
Receiving an explanation at Hello Work Nara
Visit to JFE Steel Corp. East Japan Works, Keihin Area
Discussion with Kikan Roren
Lecture by Nippon Keidanren