JILAF has been implementing the Invitation Program ever since its establishment. The participants, promising junior trade union leaders mainly from developing countries, are invited to Japan and given an opportunity to study the Japanese labour situation, labour movement, productivity movement, and other topics,thereby deepening mutual understanding between Japan and their countries. In addition, teams are organized by certaine themes, and symposiums and lectures are held according to these themes so that members can acquire new knowledge.
Each time a team of around 10 participants is invited to Japan for the program, one or two people from each of several countries in a certain region. About 12 teams are invited every year, so the annual number of participants is about 120 persons. As of March 2013, the number of participants since JILAF's founding is 2,656 persons from 126 countries, 3 territories, and 6 international organizations.
During their stay of about two weeks in Japan, participants deepen their understanding of employment stability policies in Japan and also experience Japanese culture and lifestyle. The program seeks to give them a realistic picture of life in Japan.
|Day 1||Arrival Japan|
|Day 3||Labour-related lecture on "Present State and Issues of the Labour Movement in Japan"
Labour-related lecture on "Labour and Social Legislation in Japan"
|Day 4||Visit to Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Visit to RENGO Headquarters
Visit to Japan Productivity Center
|Day 6||Exchange of Views on Labour Situation meeting|
|Day 8||Tour of Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome)|
|Day 9||Local RENGO program
Visit to government
Discussions with Local RENGO
|Day 10||Local RENGO program
Visit to plant, discussions with labour and management
Visit to "Hello Work" public employment security office
Visit to Japanese home
|Day 11||Visit to industrial federation and workplace|
|Day 12||Visit to Employer's association / worker's welfare organization
|Day 13||Exchange of views with President, Mr. Takagi
|Day 14||Departure from Japan|