China-Korea Team

JILAF invited a total of 10 persons from China and the Republic of Korea to visit Japan from May 20 to June 2--- five from the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), four from the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU), and one from the Korea International Labour Foundation (KOILAF).

The participants actively engaged in the program in order to find solutions to those issues and challenges currently facing Japan that are shared by their own countries. At the labour-related lectures and places visited, they asked wide-ranging questions and had discussions on such topics as the system for determining minimum wages, the social security system, the performance-oriented personnel system, labour-management relations, and the job introduction system. In particular, they showed much interest in the problems of the increase in the number of non-regular workers and the decline of the union membership ratio in present-day Japan.
In the RENGO Kanagawa program, the participants heard explanations of employment support provided by the prefecture and by the state, as well as employment support provided jointly by the prefecture and state, visiting the prefecture-operated Senior Job Style Kanagawa and Kanagawa Youth Employment Support Center and a state-operated Hello Work employment security office. They also visited the Odawara Plant of the National Printing Bureau, where they inspected manufacturing facilities with world-class technology.

In the industrial labour federation and workplace visit, the participants heard an explanation of the organization and campaign policies of UI Zensen (Japanese Federation of Textile, Chemical, Food, Commercial, Service and General Workers’ Unions) and visited the Kiyohara Plant of the Calbee Group Oisia Foods, Co., Ltd., which is a member of UI Zensen. Here the participants inspected manufacturing facilities, held discussions with union executives, and received an explanation of the “diversity activities” being conducted by labour and management there.

Through the program, the participants deepened their understanding of issues common to unions in Japan, China, and Korea and confirmed the importance of coordination among the three countries toward finding solutions to these issues.

List of Organization That Cooperated in the Visit

RENGO KanagawaKanagawa Prefecture
Senior Job Style KanagawaKanagawa Youth Employment Support Center
Hello Work Plaza YokohamaNational Printing Bureau, Odawara Plant
UI ZensenCalbee Group Oisia Foods, Co., Ltd., Kiyohara Plant
Zenrosai (National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives)

Many thanks to everyone.

China-Korea Team Participants

All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)

1.NameMr.Wang Zhoubo
 Name of organizationAll-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)
 PositionVice-president of ACFTU Labour Relations Research Institute
 Union experience18

All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)

2.NameMr. Zhang Suhua
 Name of organizationAll-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)
 PositionDirector of ACFTU Collective Contract Department
 Union experience20

All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)

3.NameMs. Ma Hua
 Name of organizationChina Machinery, Matellurgical and Building Materials Workers'' Union
 PositionDirector of Matellurgical Dpartment
 Union experience26

All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)

4.NameMr. Guo Weimin
 Name of organizationGansu Provincial Trade Union Federation
 PositionDeputy Director of Organizaion Department
 Union experience15

All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)

5.NameMr. He Jinmu
 Name of organizationAll-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)
 PositionCadre of ACFTU International Department
 Union experience13

The Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU)

6.NameMr. han Kil Wan
 Name of organizationThe Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU)
 PositionDirector of General Legal Service Center
 Union experience14

The Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU)

7.NameMr Lee Jae Woo
 Name of organizationThe Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU)
 PositionGeneral Manager of Labor Education Institute
 Union experience11

The Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU)

8.NameMs. Lee Dong Suk
 Name of organizationThe Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU)
 PositionLabour counsellor in Ulsan City, FKTU Central Legal Service Centre
 Union experience5

The Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU)

9.NameMs. Lee Young Ju
 Name of organizationYounsei University Health System Trade Union
 PositionDirector of Education
 Union experience5

The Korea International Labour Foundation(KOILAF)

10.NameMr. Kim Chan Sol
 Name of organizationKorea Labour Foundation (KLF)
 PositionIT Manager

Photos of Participants

Visit to the RENGO Headquarters

Visit to the Japan Productivity Center

In front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima

Discussions with RENGO Kanagawa executives

Courtesy visit to Kanagawa Prefecture Vice-Governor Masao Kurokawa

Discussions with the Senior Job Style Kanagawa, Kanagawa Youth Employment Support Center, and Hello Work Plaza Yokohama

Visit to the Odawara Plant of the National Printing Bureau

Visit to the Kiyohara Plant of Calbee Group Oisia Foods, Co., Ltd.

Zenrosai lecture