Southeast Asia Team

JILAF invited a total of nine persons (including four women) from nine organizations in six countries and one region in Southeast Asia to visit Japan from June 12 to 25.

The participants engaged enthusiastically in the two-week program, eagerly asking questions and expressing their own opinions at the labour-related lectures and places visited. In particular, they showed a strong interest in such topics as the organizational efforts of Japanese labour unions, the present situation of nonregular workers and support measures for them, and Japan’s labour-management relations and labour-management consultation system.

In the Rengo Toyama program, they held discussions with Rengo Toyama and visited companies engaged in manufacturing in Toyama, as well as the Toyama Prefectural Government Office. At the Hello Work Toyama public employment security office, they learned about employment and unemployment conditions and the employment insurance system in Japan and were able to experience front-line assistance for job seekers at the local level.

At UI Zensen (Japanese Federation of Textile, Chemical, Food, Commercial, Service and General Workers’ Unions), the participants received an explanation of efforts to organize nonregular workers and women. They also visited the Saitama Plant of Nippon Felt Co., Ltd., which is affiliated with UI Zensen. Here they inspected the process of manufacturing felt for papermaking and engaged in discussions with union members active in the plant about such issues as labour-management relations and industrial health and safety.

At the National Association of Labour Banks, the participants received an explanation of how union members and labour banks mutually support each other and of welfare programs for workers.

Finally, the participants were heard to make such comments as "Participation in the JILAF program was a very valuable experience for me" and "I want to take back what I have learned through the training to my own country and utilize it in my activities from now on."

List of Cooperating Organizations

Rengo ToyamaTanaka Seimitsu Kogyo Co. Labour Union
Tanaka Seimitsu Kogyo Co., Ltd.Kokando Co., Ltd.
Toyama Prefectural Government OfficeHello Work Toyama
Hello Work ToyamaNippon Felt Co. Labour Union
Nippon Felt Co., Ltd. (Saitama Plant)National Association of Labour Banks

Many thanks to everyone.

Photos of the Participants

Participants reported on the labour situation in their own countries at the "Exchange of Views on Labour Situation" meeting.

Thinking about peace at the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima

Experience of job vacancy searching at Hello Work Toyama

Visit to Toyama Prefectural Government Office

Visit to Tanaka Seimitsu Kogyo Co., Ltd.

Discussion with Rengo Toyama Executives

Visit to the National Association of Labour Banks

Visit to the Saitama Plant of Nippon Felt Co., Ltd.

Visit to UI Zensen