Invitation Program

Invitation Program

Invitation program and follow-up implemented to nurture trade union leaders in developing countries

Young trade union leaders invited to Japan mainly from developing countries

In this program, which JILAF has been implementing since its establishment, young trade union leaders mainly in developing countries are invited to Japan in around 12 teams each year organized by region and theme; each team consists of 10–12 persons. Participants are recommended by national centers affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

The two-week program in Japan consists of (1) labour-related lectures; (2) a lecture and discussions at the headquarters of RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation); (3) a lecture and discussions at the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare; (4) a lecture at an industrial trade union federation; (5) an “Exchange of Views on Labour Situation" meeting, in which participants report on the labour situation in their own countries; (6) a visit to Hiroshima (or Nagasaki); (7) a regional RENGO branch program (lecture and discussions at the regional RENGO branch, visit to company and discussions with labour and management there, visit to a Hello Work public employment office for a lecture and discussions); (8) a lecture at the Japan Productivity Center; (9) a lecture and discussions at an employers' organization; (10) a lecture and discussions at a workers' welfare organization; and (11) proposal of action plans.

In addition, JILAF provides opportunities for Japanese labour-related personnel to gain new knowledge by organizing lecture meetings and symposiums on specific themes.

All of the activities in the program are extremely interesting for participants. In particular, in a visit to Hiroshima, one participant from a country possessing nuclear weapons commented, “Until now I had not been opposed to my country possessing nuclear weapons, but my thoughts have changed after visiting Hiroshima." Another remarked, “I want to tell my colleagues about Hiroshima's experience and convey to them just how stupid it is to possess nuclear weapons."

So far 3,001 persons from 129 countries, 3 territories, and 6 international organizations have participated in the invitation program. After their return home, many of these participants have gone on to serve in leading positions in their countries, including as president, prime minister, government minister, member of parliament, and national center chairperson.

Program Contents

Day 1 Arrival in Japan
Day 2 Orientation; opening ceremony; introduction of JILAF; labour-related lectures; explanation of training program; setting of objectives
Day 3 Labour-related lectures; visit to RENGO Headquarters (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) and discussions
Day 4 Lecture and discussions at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; labour-related lectures
Day 5 Lecture by industrial trade union federation; labour-related lectures; practical role play
Day 6 Follow-up; “Exchange of Views on Labour Situation" meeting (information gathering capability of trade union officials)
Day 7 Free
Day 8 Visit to Hiroshima (or Nagasaki)
Day 9 Transfer
Day 10 Regional RENGO branch program
Visit to a Hello Work employment office and discussions; visit to the regional RENGO branch and discussions
Day 11 Regional RENGO branch program
Visit to a workplace/plant and discussions with labour and management
Day 12 Lecture and discussions at the Japan Productivity Center; lecture and discussions at Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
Day 13 Lecture at a workers' welfare organization; discussions with the JILAF president; presentation of action plans; closing ceremony
Day 14 Departure from Japan